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How do you improve bone density?
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Dr. Sunil Prof. Wimalawansa
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Complicated Question
Depends on age & gender of the person.
To improve/maintain bone mineral density, adults need daily, total calcium of ~1, 200 mg, ~2, 000 iu vitamin d, protein, 1 g/kg body wt., & adequate weight-bearing exercises. Fast-walking is the best form of exercise. In the absence of current bone loss or expecting bone loss (disease, medication, surgery), pharmacological therapies are not essential for most.

In brief: Complicated Question
Depends on age & gender of the person.
To improve/maintain bone mineral density, adults need daily, total calcium of ~1, 200 mg, ~2, 000 iu vitamin d, protein, 1 g/kg body wt., & adequate weight-bearing exercises. Fast-walking is the best form of exercise. In the absence of current bone loss or expecting bone loss (disease, medication, surgery), pharmacological therapies are not essential for most.
Dr. Sunil Prof. Wimalawansa
Dr. Sunil Prof. Wimalawansa
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Dr. Sunil Prof. Wimalawansa
Bone density depends on how much we acquire during our growth-spurt (i.e., teenage years), our genetic make-up, and the ability to retain it once acquired. Everyone loses some BMD after 40 years or so. Lower the rate of loss, more the BMD retained. In general, balanced diets, adequate vitamin D, weight-bearing exercises (e.g., f brisk walking) would help.
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
In brief: Exercise too
One of the biggest determinants of bone mineral density is lean body mass.
Exercise is important for building lean body mass. Exercise is also important for putting load on your bones. This load is important for bone mass as bone strengthens as stresses are put upon it. Weight-bearing physical activity such as walking or running is better for building/ maintaining bone than non-weight-bearing activities such as swimming.

In brief: Exercise too
One of the biggest determinants of bone mineral density is lean body mass.
Exercise is important for building lean body mass. Exercise is also important for putting load on your bones. This load is important for bone mass as bone strengthens as stresses are put upon it. Weight-bearing physical activity such as walking or running is better for building/ maintaining bone than non-weight-bearing activities such as swimming.
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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