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Calcium and Vitamin D Recommended First Before Bone Drugs

There are numerous bone building medications on the market that are widely prescribed for people at risk of osteoporosis. Now a recent study has found that the best first course of action for improving low bone mass is increasing your vitamin D and calcium intake rather than taking a prescription medication.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois and published in the May 2011 issue of the journal Nutrients.

After reviewing over 200 articles in scientific journals, the researchers conclusively found that increasing calcium and vitamin D intake is an effective means of improving bone density and reducing the risk of hip fracture.

They therefore recommend calcium and vitamin D as a much better first course of action for improving bone health because medications can be expensive and often have negative side effects. Bisphosonates, for example, lead to new bone being built on top of old bone, which results in bone that is not structurally sound.

This study highlights the necessity for Americans to increase their calcium and vitamin D consumption. Currently a vast majority of Americans do not consume enough calcium and vitamin D on a daily basis. A lack of these two minerals can lead to various health problems, particularly osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a serious health issue characterized by low bone mass which leads to an increased risk of fractures. Women are 4 times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 70% of women over the age of 80 have osteoporosis.

In addition to bone health, calcium has been shown to aid help with weight loss, skin health, and reducing the risk of ccolorectal cancer and stroke. Some studies have even suggested that calcium intake is associated with longevity.

You can get more calcium and vitamin D in your diet by taking a supplement or eating more calcium rich foods such as cheese, yogurt and milk.

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