What to eat to improve bone strength?

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Question from Gaff: I have osteopenia after 2 years of being on Arimidex and don't want to take any meds to deal with this but would like to use increased exercise and improved diet as well as taking vitamins to help. Could you talk about diet and helping bones? Thanks.
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. The most important vitamin, of course, is vitamin D — and I would recommend that all breast cancer patients have their vitamin D levels checked by either their primary care physician or oncologist and use that level as a guide for vitamin D supplementation. Other nutrients of importance, of course, are calcium, magnesium, and protein.
Larissa Korde I would say weight-bearing exercise and balance to prevent falls are probably the most important as far as exercise.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition Through the Holidays featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answering your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

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