Healthy Habits to Prevent or Reduce Problems From Osteoporosis - Topic Overview
You can slow the onset of
osteoporosis or reduce its impact if you form
habits that build and strengthen your bones.
It is best if you
start healthy habits early in life, but it's never too late. Habits that build
and strengthen bones include:
- Eating a nutritious diet that includes adequate
vitamin D. Both are needed for building healthy,
- Getting regular
exercise. Weight-bearing exercises-such as walking, jogging, stair climbing,
dancing, or lifting weights-keep bones healthy by working the muscles and bones
To maintain healthy bones as an adult:
- Don't drink too much. Women who drink more than 1 alcoholic drink a day, or men who drink more than 2 a day, are at higher risk for osteoporosis. See pictures of standard alcoholic drinks .
- Don't smoke. Smoking puts you
at a much higher risk for developing osteoporosis. Smokers lose bone density
faster than people who do not smoke.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 10, 2010
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