Buchholtz shared tips on diet, how much calcium and vitamin D you need every day, whether you can consume too much calcium, and what to know about calcium and vitamin D supplements. She also shared her favorite high-calcium foods, like Greek yogurt, sardines, and almonds.
“The average person with osteopenia and osteoporosis needs about 1,200 mg of calcium per day,” Buchholtz told Couric. “When someone is on a calcium supplement, I often encourage about 3 servings of calcium-rich foods per day. When someone isn’t consuming a supplement, I often encourage about 6 servings of calcium-rich foods per day.”
Buchholtz also recommended exercises to keep your bones strong, particularly weight bearing, resistance and strength-training exercises.
“Exercise plays an important role in managing osteopenia and osteoporosis, by preventing the further loss of bone density,” Buchholtz said.
Read Buchholtz’s tips on bone health in Bones and All: Katie’s Nutritionist Breaks Down Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.