What is the main dietary cause of osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is more likely to occur in people who have: Low calcium intake. A lifelong lack of calcium plays a role in the development of osteoporosis. Low calcium intake contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures.
How does diet and exercise affect osteoporosis?
A nutritious diet including calcium-rich foods and regular exercise throughout a person’s life (including during childhood and adolescence) will reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later years. People with existing osteoporosis can also benefit from exercise.
A healthy balanced diet will help you build healthy bones from an early age and maintain them throughout your life. You need sufficient calcium to keep your bones healthy and vitamin D to help your body absorb calcium.