How Much Calcium Do You Really Need?

A major medical panel suggests that many women don’t need calcium and vitamin D pills to protect against bone fractures. Not all experts agree

by Leslie Pepper
Photograph: Christopher Silas Neal

And remember that vitamins and minerals are only part of the story. Engaging in weight-bearing activity—anything that forces your bones and muscles to work against gravity—is crucial to strengthening bones. Aim to exercise for 30 minutes at least five days a week by, say, walking or gardening. Exercise also helps maintain muscle
strength, coordination and balance, which in turn help prevent falls and related fractures.

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First published in the March 2014 issue

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