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Help for Osteoporosis
A Dietary Guide
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by: Candance Gabel, MS, RD, LD, Associate Nutrition Specialist, Family Nutrition Education Program Adapted from: Preventive and Therapeutic Nutrition Handbook

If you have Osteoporosis you need to increase your Calcium intake. The recommended level for men is 800mg/day, and 1200 - 1500mg/day for women. The following information may help make necessary changes in your diet.

  • Use milk in cooking soups, cereals and casseroles.
  • If you cannot tolerate milk, try using lactase supplements to improve your tolerance.
  • If you don't like milk, try drinking flavored milks or calcium fortified orange juice.
  • Include low-fat dairy foods such as: cottage cheese, yogurt, skim milk, cheese, chocolate pudding, ice milk, ice cream and frozen yogurt in your meals.
  • Include tofu, sardines and salmon in your diet.
  • Include vegetables that contain calcium such as turnip greens, bok choy, broccoli, and collard greens in your meals.
  • Limit caffeine intake to two or fewer servings of caffeinated beverages daily.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Walk 10-30 minutes everyday.
  • If you have specific questions regarding your diet prescription see a registered dietitian or your physician.

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