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What are some ways I can prevent osteoporosis?

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Some ways you can keep your bones strong include:

  • Limit alcohol. Having more than two drinks per day is linked to higher chances of bone loss.
  • Quit smoking. It doubles the chance of bone loss and fractures.
  • If you’re female, avoid extreme diets and training, which can lead to thin bones.
  • Skip carbonated colas, which studies can lead to bone loss. The extra phosphorus in the drinks may prevent your body from absorbing calcium. Or it could be that soda drinkers may get less calcium-rich beverages like milk.

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?" 

McIlwain, H, MD, and Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, Henry Holt, 2004. Reversing Osteopenia: The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All Ages,

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Osteoporosis: Screening.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?" 

McIlwain, H, MD, and Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, Henry Holt, 2004. Reversing Osteopenia: The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All Ages,

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Osteoporosis: Screening.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

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