In this video, Aurelia Nattiv, MD, of the UCLA Medical Center, answers a patient’s question about whether osteoporosis can be prevented despite a family history of the disease. She recommends ensuring patients get adequate calcium and vitamin D and engage in weight-bearing exercise to increase bone health. Patients should also consult their physician to ascertain their risk level and to determine whether bone density testing is needed, she added.
Thanks to the "Got Milk" campaign, many women know that milk packs a healthy punch of calcium and vitamin D, 2 nutrients critical for strong bones. But did you know vitamin D may be beneficial beyond bone health?