Easy Tips to Protect Yourself from Osteoporosis

| 8/8/2008 11:50:25 AM

From the time I was a little girl, I can remember my mom instilling in me the importance of drinking milk. She made sure I drank it with every meal to ensure that I was getting enough calcium to keep my bones strong.

Once I moved out of the house and on to college, however, I drastically cut down on my milk intake and instead turned to the soda and pizza diet (accompanied by a lot of sitting around).

Three years later at a college health fair, I decided to check out my bone density for good measure. To my surprise, I had borderline osteopenia. Now, I’m still a bit fuzzy on what that means, but according to the pharmacy student who did the test, I was more likely to develop osteoporosis in the future since I had the bone density of a 60-year-old! This was not good news considering I had just turned 21.

Immediately, I went to the store and bought calcium supplements and tried to work more milk into my diet.

The fact is, there are many ways besides drinking milk to get enough calcium and strengthen bones. Read Dr. Linda B. White’s article What Every Woman Should Know About Osteoporosis for 7 easy tips to strengthen your bones. Plus check out one of our older articles, Reconsidering Calcium.

11/15/2010 11:54:09 AM

What about the importance of knowing what TYPE of calcium supplement to take: plant calcium or calcium mined from rocks? I'm learning a ton about calcium because of a bad bone density test. Most calcium supplements actually just come from limestone rocks. No wonder we don't absorb them. But there are supplements that come from edible, natural food sources. I take a brand of calcium that has an ingredient called AlgaeCal, which is an organic plant calcium. If I liked algae, I could eat it. But I don't, so I take the supplements. And yes, there are studies proving their efficacy! Just be careful because AlgaeCal is NOT in New Chapter's Bone Strength Take Care supplements, even though they falsely advertise that it is. In reality, New Chapter uses a different calcium source that's cheat and not organic. Even worse, the way they harvest it totally destroys the environment. Shame on them!

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