Washington: Has a bone density scan placed you at risk for osteoporosis, tempting your doctor to prescribe a widely advertised bone-building medication? However, an effective first course of action would be to increase calcium and Vitamin D intake, say researchers.A University of Illinois study had found that increasing dietary calcium and Vitamin D or taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements works very well.
"I suspect that many doctors reach for their prescription pads because they believe it`s unlikely that people will change their diets," she noted. A bone density test measures quantity, not quality, of bone. "Although the test reports that you`re fine or doing better, you may still be at risk for a fracture," said Chapman-Novakofski.A woman in midlife can get enough calcium in her diet without gaining weight, said study co-author Karen Plawecki, director of the Illinois dietetics program. "Menopausal women should consume 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day. Three glasses of one percent to skim milk will get you up to 900 milligrams. The rest can easily be obtained through calcium-rich and calcium-fortified foods," Plawecki said.According to Plawecki, the number of foods fortified with calcium and vitamin D is increasing exponentially. Examples are soy milk, orange juice, yogurt, crackers, cereal, bread, breakfast bars, and even pancakes."Following a low-sodium diet does seem to have a positive effect on bone density," Plawecki said.IANS