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    Are calcium supplements sufficient in preventing osteoporosis?

    I'm a woman in her mid 20's and do not like drinking milk… are calcium supplements a good substitute?
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  • Lisa Renn

    Dietitian

    Lisa is an APD with 12 years experience, specialising in helping people identify and change habits that impact negatively on their health. Inspiring change, Lisa … View Profile

    Hi there,
    You can get calcium from other food based sources and of course weight bearing exercise is vital for you in your 20's as your peak bone density is still in the making. The higher bone diensity we can achieve before our 30's the better and weight bearing exercise and calcum containing foods are the best way to achieve this.
    Other food based calcium sources are:
    -yoghurt and cheese
    -tofu
    -soy based milks
    -almonds
    -calcium fortified breakfast cereals
    -smaller amounts are found in grain breads, chinese greens and tuna and salmon in tins (need to eat the bones)
    As you can see by getting in a healthy balanced diet and exercise you can achieve good bone density. If for any reason you are limited in the variety of foods you eat then you may need to  chat with your GP or Pharmacist about calcium supplements.
    Good Luck.

  • phillipa

    HealthShare Member

    what about people over 45?  what should they be doing to prevent osteoporosis - or is it too late?

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