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Dr. Rachel explains osteoporosis

Does milk really do your body good?

Osteoporosis is a decrease in your bone strength, which increases your chance of breaking your bones … especially in your hip and your back.  When you have tiny breaks in your back, you actually shrink or become stooped over.

One in every two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.  And men … yes, you get it as well.  One in every four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

How do we diagnose osteoporosis?  You get a simple x-ray called a bone density. During your bone density you lie on a table … and that is it!

The machine measures the density of your bones and compares your bones to the bones of a 30-year-old, because at age 30 your bones are the strongest that they will ever be in your life.

After your bone density, the machine will tell you if you have osteopenia, which is bone thinning, or osteoporosis, which is bone loss.

What can you do to prevent this from happening?  You need calcium and vitamin D.

Right now there is an epidemic in the U.S.  People have low vitamin D levels.  So you can take all the calcium you want and it will not help your bones be strong without vitamin D.

So, get your vitamin D checked.  If your vitamin D level is low then you need additional vitamin D to get to normal levels.  If it is OK, then make sure you are getting adequate calcium with vitamin D.

The other important thing to do to keep your bones healthy is weight bearing exercise like walking.

So yes milk does do a body good.  It has all the ingredients in it to help keep your bones healthy!

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