Paget's Disease of Bone

Frequently Asked Questions

12. What else should people with Paget's disease do to protect their health?

There is no special diet to prevent or help treat Paget's disease. However, older adults should make sure they get enough calcium and vitamin D every day. Women over age 50 should consume 1,200 milligrams (mg) of calcium daily. Men between the ages of 51 and 70 should consume 1,000 mg of calcium a day, and men over 70 should consume 1,200 mg per day. People ages 51 to 70 should consume at least 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily. People over age 70 should consume at least 800 IUs daily. Calcium keeps bones strong, and vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.

Specific requirements for individuals with Paget's disease or other metabolic bone diseases have not been determined. Some doctors may recommend increased vitamin D because low levels are common in older people.

Regular exercise also is important for people with Paget's disease to maintain overall bone health as well as to avoid weight gain and keep joints mobile. However, you should talk to your physician before starting an exercise program to make sure the activities you plan will not put undue stress on the bones affected by Paget's disease. For example, running may not be wise for a person whose legs are affected by Paget's disease.