Osteoporosis and diet

Learn more about impact of diet on the prevention, treatment and management of osteoporosis and bone health.

Calcium alone won’t prevent osteoporosis

We need calcium to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis, but we also need to make sure this important mineral is properly absorbed, that we don't overdose and that we get enough of the other bone-building nutrients.

How much calcium you need?

Calcium is vital for bone health, but many of us don't get enough. What should you eat for optimum calcium intake, and should you supplement?

Calcium cuts stress fracture risk

Daily supplements of calcium and vitamin D, long linked to improving bone health, may also reduce the risk of stress fractures during exercise, scientists have reported.

Face your 'hunchback' fears

We all want to walk upright into our old age, but osteoporosis could see you develop the dreaded dowager's hump.

Is milk actually bad for your health?

For many years we have believed that drinking milk is good for your bones but new research indicates that too much milk can actually increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, fractures and other conditions.

Vitamin K: The new bone nutrient

Vitamin K has generally been regarded as the vitamin that helps with blood clotting. Deficiencies were thought to be rare. But new research tells a different story, writes DietDoc.

Which foods have calcium?

Good sources of calcium include cheese, milk, yoghurt, spinach, whitebait and sardines, canned salmon and pilchards (eaten with bones), almonds and tofu.

Dried plums boost the bones

Using dried plums as functional food ingredients could be a way of boosting bone health, if research from an animal study can be repeated in humans.

Menopause, osteoporosis and your diet

Many women have heard of osteoporosis and know that they should do something to prevent it. But when asked what that “something” is, many of them don't know.

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Healthy Bones

Tereza is the CEO of the National Osteoporosis Foundation and worked as a Nursing Sister in the field of Osteoporosis for 18 years prior to her appointment with the Foundation. She used to be the Educational Officer for the Foundation and co-wrote the patient brochure on Osteoporosis. Read more

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