Nutritional Supplements to Build Bone and Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Written by Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD
Reviewed by Isador H. Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRCSC

Osteoporosis and low bone mass affects more than 54 million people in the United States. It is characterized by a loss of bone mass resulting in fragile bones and an increased risk of fractures of weight-bearing bones. If it progresses, osteoporosis can lead to loss of height, stooped posture, humpback, and severe pain. Osteoporosis affects both men and women, however women are at higher risk for this condition, especially after menopause.
Not everyone will get osteoporosis. However, everyone can benefit from healthy bones. A lack of certain minerals and vitamins play a role in the onset of osteoporosis. By adopting a healthy lifestyle and maintaining sufficient levels of calcium, magnesium and other minerals, men and women can keep their bones healthy and strong.

Here are some general tips for maintaining healthy bones:

Supplements
Despite all our best intentions, sometimes it is just not possible to eat right and get all the appropriate amounts of vitamins and minerals in our diet, especially if we are at risk for osteoporosis. That's when taking nutritional supplements can be helpful.

If you have osteoporosis, are at risk for osteoporosis, or are interested in maintaining healthy bones, increasing your intake of calcium and vitamin D will help.

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