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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Women who take oral contraceptives can counteract bone loss by making sure they have enough calcium in their daily diet, especially early in life, according to Purdue University research.
Earlier research has indicated that optimizing bone mass in adolescence and young adulthood prevents low bone density and osteoporosis later in life. On the other hand, oral contraceptives appear to decrease bone density.
"It's estimated that eight out of 10 women in the United States use oral contraceptives at some time during the years in which peak bone mass is developing," said Dorothy Teegarden, assistant professor in …