Osteoporosis

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Calcium is crucial for long-term bone health

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Should all postmenopausal women take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis, or are there other things I can do to prevent it? Also, I know caffeine is bad for bone health, but can eating a high-protein diet also hurt my bones?

ANSWER: Calcium is crucial for long-term bone health. A calcium supplement is not always necessary, though. You may be able to get the calcium you need from your diet. Along with calcium, getting enough vitamin D and regularly engaging in weight-bearing aerobic and strengthening exercises also can protect your bones.

Your body regularly makes new bone and breaks down old bone. When you're young, your body makes new bone faster...

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