Long Island Women’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Tips to Improve Bone Health: To Mothers during the month of Mother’s Day, are you doing what you need to do for bone health?

In over 30 years of practice as a Long Island registered dietitian nutritionist, I’ve worked with women of all ages helping them optimize their health through medical nutrition therapy. A common problem many of my patients face is osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Maintaining bone health may be easier than you thought.  You simply need to understand bone remodeling as well as your nutrient and lifestyle requirements.

Bone is actually living tissue.  As such, it is in a constant state of remodeling – breaking down old bone and replacing with new bone.  When young, bone is growing faster than breaking down.  From around 30 to 40-50 (particularly when a woman is perimenopausal), bone change is in equilibrium.  After that time, more bone is broken down than is rebuilt.

Whether to maintain bone health or treat osteopenia/osteoporosis, the goal is to slow down bone loss and increase bone regrowth/remodeling.  Lifestyle changes along with diet and exercise will help you accomplish this goal.



Include calcium in your diet.

  •             Dairy products are the most effective source.
  •             Calcium supplementation is an alternate source.

Vitamin D:  be sure your check your blood levels and are within normal limits.

  •             Most women need to supplement with a good quality D3.


  • K2:  particularly MK7.


  •             Routine physical activity: exercise should include both aerobic and strength training/weight-bearing.
  •             Avoid smoking.
  •             Avoid substance abuse.
  •             Limit alcohol.


It is never too early or too late to implement measures for bone health.


Further Reading:
National Institute on Aging

Mayo Clinic — Bone Health: Tips to Keep Your Bones Healthy

WebMD — Building Stronger Bones