Harvard Men's Health Watch

Calcium supplement basics

Q. I am 72 years old and in good health, but I am lactose intolerant and can't drink milk to obtain calcium. Should I take calcium supplements?

A. Osteoporosis (low bone density) is less common in men than women, although one in 15 men will have a hip or spinal fracture in his lifetime. Risk factors for osteoporosis include smoking, low body weight, sedentary lifestyle, and low testosterone levels.

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