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December 1999 Issue

Many Protective Nutrients Needed To Keep Bones Healthy And Fracture-Free

Calcium is the cornerstone of skeletal strength. But is that all it takes to hold the body's scaffolding in place? Calcium certainly helps bones build the strength to fend off osteoporosis, the brittle-bone disease that affects 28 million Americans, women and men alike."Even so," says Diane Feskanich, Ph.D., a researcher at Harvard Medical School, "calcium is not a magic bullet [for bone health]. Preventing osteoporosis is much more complicated than that."

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