Q. I am a vegetarian, I do not drink milk, and my mother has arthritis. Will I also get arthritis?

Answered by
Dr. Sumiya Sulthana
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 30, 2021

Hello doctor,

I am 45 years old male and a vegetarian. I occasionally take eggs. For the past month, I have been taking one egg every alternate day. I do not drink milk. I am worried that my intake of calcium is very less. My mother has arthritis. She is a vegetarian and never ate eggs. I am worried that I also may get bone-related problems with age. Occasionally I do get a little lower back ache but nothing severe. I have started taking calcium tablets (500 mg) every alternate day for about 20 days now. I usually eat green leafy vegetables regularly, and dal maybe two to three times a week. Should I drink milk daily and take eggs regularly to not get nutrient deficiency problems in the future? Please advice.



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Calcium is essential to our body. If you have a good lifestyle, you need not worry. It is eating a balanced diet going in sunlight walk for vitamins-D and including vitamin-C rich food diet for overall strength and bone health.

Till then, follow these tips:

1) Increase high protein or calcium diet include almonds, walnuts, vegetables, paneer, soya, tofu, green leafy vegetables, milk and milk products, eggs, etc.,

2) Include chia seeds and flax seeds.

3) Do go for a walk early morning or evening for about 40 minutes.

4) Increase fluid intake.

5) Include milk or curds daily about half a liter.

6) Do rest eight to nine hours of sleep.

7) Manage stress with meditation.

8) Do breathing exercises.

9) Manage to follow small frequent meals.

10) Do take an 1800 kcal diet. Carbohydrates-50%, protein-30%, fat-20%, and increase fiber intake up to 30% of your diet.

11) If required, need to add supplement Ziprovit (protein powder).

I hope this was helpful.

Hi doctor,

Thank you.

Can I take one egg every day and also drink one glass of milk? Do I need to take calcium supplements, or should I stop them? Do I need to take any other supplement? Please guide me.



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You can take one egg daily, a glass of milk, and continue with calcium supplements also. There is no harm. If you include a balanced diet with calcium supplement need not take other supplements. I hope this was helpful.

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