Tips for Healthy Bones

Keeping your bones healthy helps to keep you moving.

When you learn more about how you can keep your bones strong, you're making sure that you can live life on your terms – for years to come.

One of the most important first steps in living life to the fullest is to make sure you get enough calcium and Vitamin D. That's where Os-Cal® can really help.

Eat foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D.

Calcium and Vitamin D are important to your bone health. Learn about foods that are naturally high in calcium and Vitamin D. Eat a balanced diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables, grains, and non-fat or low-fat dairy products. If you are not getting enough calcium and Vitamin D in your diet, supplements can be helpful. Talk to your doctor to find out if a calcium supplement is right for you.

Eat foods that are high in calcium.

Milk, yogurt, cheese, canned salmon with bones, broccoli, canned sardines and fortified foods such as fruit juices, cereals, breads and soy products are excellent sources of calcium.

Protect yourself from falls.

Fractures are often caused by falls. Do what you can to help reduce the risk of falling, especially if you are over the age of 60. Have your vision checked. Make your home safer by removing items you may trip over, being sure that you have enough lighting, wear shoes with good support and install handrails.

Avoid smoking and limit alcohol intake.

Smoking and heavy alcohol use can reduce your bone mass and increase your risk for broken bones.

Discuss risk factors with your doctor.

You may be at greater risk for fracture if you are older than 65, have broken a bone after age 50, have relatives with a history of broken bones, have certain medical conditions (for example, hyperthyroidism or arthritis) or take certain prescription medications (for example, thyroid medicine or oral glucocorticoids). Check with your health care professional about your risks and find out if you need a bone density test. Once you have the test, your health care professional may prescribe medications that treat bone disease and may recommend calcium or Vitamin D supplements.

 

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.