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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my bones are at risk?

Why can't I just take calcium supplements?

You can check your bone health at Know Your Bones. And your doctor can arrange for you to have a bone density scan for precise results.

Studies have found that calcium supplements can increase the risk of heart attacks, kidney stones and gastrointestinal problems, while calcium intake from food is safe. If you're away from home, when it's difficult to get enough calcium in your food, then it's OK to take occasional supplements to boost your intake (but only 500-600mg per day). 

Do I need to take vitamin D?

Your body needs vitamin D in order to absorb calcium. It is vital for bone strength and a healthy immune system. You can get it from exposure to sunshine, from some foods (such as egg yolk, tuna and salmon) or from a supplement. Check with your doctor what would suit you best.

What about vitamin K?

Research shows that vitamin K2 works with Vitamin D to increase bone density and strength. Supplements at the recommended dose are safe and available in major supermarkets.

Is exercise important?

It certainly is! As well as calcium, bones need two types of exercise to keep them from becoming weaker: weight bearing (like jogging & tennis) and resistance (such as lifting weights). The Onero exercise program has been scientifically proven to strengthen bone and muscle in people with osteoporosis. You can find your closest practitioner on their website. The UK's Royal Osteoporosis Society also has helpful videos of exercises to support bone strength. 

Where is your food data from?

For branded items, we use the nutrition data on the labels; for unbranded ones, we use data from the Food Standards of Australia and New Zealand.

Where is the best place to find more information?

You can find more info at Healthy Bones Australia (formerly Osteoporosis Australia) and the Australian Government's Institute of Health and Welfare.

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