What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis causes bones to become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break.
Bones naturally become thinner as you grow older. Old bone dissolves and is absorbed into the body faster than new bone is made. As this occurs, the bones lose minerals, heaviness and structure, making them weaker. The thicker your bones are, the longer it takes to develop osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is largely preventable. Prevention is critical since there is currently no cure. There are five steps to prevent osteoporosis. No one step alone is enough to prevent osteoporosis but all five may.
Five Steps to Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention:
- Get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D
- Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol
- Talk to your health care provider about bone health
- When appropriate, have a bone density test and take medication.
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