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What can I do at home to help my osteoporosis?

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Exercise can benefit almost everyone with osteoporosis. But remember it's only one part of a good treatment plan. Get plenty of calcium and vitamin D in your diet, stay at a healthy weight, and don't smoke or drink too much alcohol.

You also may need osteoporosis medications to either build or maintain your bone density. Work with your doctor to figure out the best ways to stay healthy and strong.

From: Best Exercise for Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Weightbearing Exercises for Women and Girls."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Exercise for Healthy Bones," "Safe Movement," "Osteoporosis Exercise for Strong Bones."

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "How PM&R Physicians Use Exercise to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis."

Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-National Resource Center: "Exercise for Your Bone Health." 

American Osteopathic Association: "Exercise in Post-Menopausal Women."

Vondracek, S. , May 14, 2009. Clinical Interventions in Aging

Kessenich, C. , June 2007.   Clinical Interventions in Aging

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 18, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Weightbearing Exercises for Women and Girls."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Exercise for Healthy Bones," "Safe Movement," "Osteoporosis Exercise for Strong Bones."

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "How PM&R Physicians Use Exercise to Prevent and Treat Osteoporosis."

Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-National Resource Center: "Exercise for Your Bone Health." 

American Osteopathic Association: "Exercise in Post-Menopausal Women."

Vondracek, S. , May 14, 2009. Clinical Interventions in Aging

Kessenich, C. , June 2007.   Clinical Interventions in Aging

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 18, 2016

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