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Osteoporosis, multivitamins

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May 10th, 2017

Please note: The following questions were submitted by readers. The answers are intended for your general information and should not replace a doctor’s medical advice.

Q. I have osteoporosis and want to be more active. I read that jogging is a good way to make bones strong, but is that safe for me?

A. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, people with osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to weaken, should steer clear of jogging or running, as the impact involved may increase your likelihood for a fracture. You are correct in thinking that physical activity can keep bones strong, but your primary doctor, who knows what shape your bones are in and your relevant medical history, should be the one to recommend the best exercise for you. Muscle-strengthening exercises are sometimes recommended for people with osteoporosis. Seeing a physical therapist may also help you find the best ways to be active. 

Q. I can’t always eat right every day, so should I take a daily multivitamin to stay healthy?

A. Vitamins and minerals have been found to confer health benefits when they are consumed in their natural food sources, but the scientific evidence doesn’t show that taking a daily multivitamin is necessarily beneficial. For seniors and people who have certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies, taking supplements may be necessary, however. Common supplements prescribed for seniors include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. Talk to your doctor to determine whether you need to take a multivitamin or individual supplements before trying them on your own. Many dietary supplements can interact with prescription medications. 

Dr. Acker is the medical director of Brooksby Village. She received her bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel. She completed her residency in family practice at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind. Acker is board-certified in family medicine. She joined Brooksby Village in November 2016.