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A 25-year-old member asked:

Are there natural methods to prevent and treat osteoporosis and osteopenia?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 34 years experience
Yes: A diet rich in calcium (dairy, dark green vegetables, fortified foods) and vitamin d (fish, eggs, liver, fortified foods) can help. A little sun exposure stimulates your skin to make vitamin d. Avoid or limit smoking, alcohol, and sodas. Muscle building exercises stimulate bones to take in more calcium. Many prescription meds can cause bone loss; talk to your doctor about these.
Dr. Daniel Hampton
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Osteoporosis: The best way to prevent osteoporosis is a healthy diet with plenty of calcium and weight bearing exercise, like walking.

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