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Posted by: Lorraine | 2008/08/01

Osteoporoses

Is it to late to start drinking milk after dianosed with osteoporoses?

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Dear Lorraine
I trust that the dr who is treating your osteoporosis has prescribed all the necessary medications to assist you to build up your bone structure again, e.g. Fosamax, a calcium supplement with vit D and magnesium, hormones if these should be indicated, etc. If not, please talk to the dr again about all the treatments that are available nowadays. It is certainly not to late to start drinking milk and having other dairy products (yoghurt, cottage cheese, and other cheeses) because these are our very best sources of bioavailable calcium in the diet. Use the low-fat or fat-free versions if you want to avoid the fat found in milk and dairy. You need approx. 1200 mg of calcium a day at this stage and milk/yoghurt contains approx. 1 mg of calcium per ml, so if you have 4 cups of milk or 2-3 cups of yoghurt or cottage cheese a day then you will have ingested your daily requirement. Doing daily weight-bearing exercises also helps to strengthen the skeleton, but do discuss this with the dr because you need to tailor your exercise to the strength of your bones. If the dr gives permission then join a gym and ask the instructor to work out a programme with weights for you.
Best regards
DietDoc

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