Q: Hi, I have a diagnosis of osteopenia of my right hip. I am 53 y.o., female, lacto-intolerant, never bore a child, have never used drugs, never excessively drank alcohol. Is it true my number one defense is to exercise using weights. I understand some controversy of the benefit of use of calcium supplements?
A: Weight bearing exercise does improve bone density. There is some controversy regarding calcium supplements. The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommended that post-menopausal women do not need to take supplemental calcium or vit D, however this recommendation does not apply to people with Osteoporosis or Low vit D.
-Dr.Amal Mehta



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