Skip the Medication: Studies Say to Boost Calcium in Your Diet

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Milk and calcium rich foods help prevent bone loss and osteoporosisMost Americans are calcium deficient, and the first thing to do is not reach for a refill of your bone-building prescription. Instead, new research says the true solution is right inside your refrigerator.

A recent study revealed that bisphosphonate medications are not as effective at rebuilding healthy bone as calcium-rich foods and dietary supplements, such as Vitamin D. They can also have nasty side effects.

“For many people, prescription bone-building medicines should be a last resort,” said Karen Chapman-Novakofski, University of Illinois professor of nutrition and co-author of a review published in a recent issue of Nutrients.

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