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Shoulder fracture. History of fractures from minor accidents. How to prevent such problems? Is bone density bad?

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Hello Sir,

Recently my husband fell down from bike and had a small fracture on shoulder....
and also had 3 more fractures in last 3 years....all are really minor accidents....
but had fractures.... i felt the bone density is bad... how to recover from this kind of problem???
Posted Tue, 9 Apr 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The strength of the bone is primarily influenced by the amount of calcium and vitamin D.
The matrix of bone is composed mainly of calcium, the vitamin D helps the calcium to be absorbed.

An adult male your husband's age should use at least 1000 mg of calcium daily and 600 mg of vitamin D daily.
The calcium can be obtained from natural sources and supplements. The natural sources would be milk, cheese, yogurt, fortified breakfast cereal, sardines, salmon, spinach, broccoli. He can use supplements along with these.

Vitamin D is obtained mainly from appropriate sun exposure, at least 5 to 10 mins a day, supplements and some foods (not present in high quantities in food). It is present in small quantities in tuna, salmon, cheese, egg yolk.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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