Osteoporosis affects more than half of American women over 50, and almost a third of men in that age group. Decreased bone density caused by the disease can lead to fractures. Proper diet and exercise, and some medications, can help prevent osteoporosis. Have a question? Get an answer from a doctor now!
Ask your doctor to give you a bone mineral density test if you think you are at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Talk with your doctor about estrogen replacement therapy and other drugs that prevent osteoporosis.
Eat a diet high in calcium and vitamin D. Some good foods are dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, sardines, salmon, kelp, oysters and dairy products.
Take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D encourages calcium absorption.
Exercise daily if possible. Weight-bearing exercises like running, walking and lifting weights are best for bone health.
Limit foods that deplete or prevent proper absorption of calcium: caffeine, soft drinks (or anything else containing phosphorus), or excessive amounts of protein or wheat bran eaten along with calcium-rich food.