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How can I prevent osteoporosis?

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There are multiple ways you can help protect yourself against osteoporosis:

  • Exercise.
  • Eat foods high in calcium.
  • Take calcium supplements.
  • Get enough vitamin D.
  • Take medications.
  • Take estrogen.
  • Drink less alcohol.
  • Don't smoke.

From: Osteoporosis and Menopause WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Osteoporosis Foundation. The Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Center. Women's Health Initiative. The Food and Drug Administration. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Menopause and Heart Disease."; ACP Clinical Guidelines Pharmacologic Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 27, 2017

SOURCES: National Osteoporosis Foundation. The Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Center. Women's Health Initiative. The Food and Drug Administration. WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Menopause and Heart Disease."; ACP Clinical Guidelines Pharmacologic Treatment of Low Bone Density or Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 27, 2017

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