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Osteoporosis

Suggestions for Preventing Osteoporosis

01/02/2008

Question:

My Mum is 61 and has a family history of her mother having Osteoporosis. My Mother had a bone density scan a few years back which was normal but I was wondering the best way for her to prevent Osteoporosis in later life. Would it be beneficial for her to take a Calcium and Vitamin D or magnesium supplement? She has started over 55`s arobics at the gym as she is a little overweight. She is not on HRT.

Answer:

It is good your mother plans to exercise.  Add to that a daily intake of calcium of approximately 1200 mg/day either through food or supplements (no more than 500 mg at a time) and vitamin D intake of 600 IU/day and she should do quite well.  If she is smoking, encourage her to quit.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati