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Habits to Prevent Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes thin
bones and loss of bone density. While
osteoporosis medications are available, it's a
good idea to take steps early on to prevent the
Osteoporosis occurs in 20
percent of American women over the age of 50.
Changes in estrogen levels put post-menopausal
women at higher risk for the disease. The
disease occurs when new bone isn't being formed
or already-formed bone is reabsorbed by the
body; this causes bones to become fragile, and
fractures are more likely to occur.
Changes in daily habits can help prevent
osteoporosis. Calcium and phosphate are crucial
in forming bone, so consume foods high in
calcium, such as cheese, milk, tofu, salmon and
spinach. Vitamin D helps the body absorb
calcium; foods such as fatty fish, egg yolks and
fortified butter and milk are good sources. Some
unhealthy habits can make osteoporosis worse, so
don't smoke and limit alcoholic drinks. Learn
more about osteoporosis here.
on, osteoporosis has few symptoms. If you have a
high risk for the disease, your doctor may
recommend a bone mineral density test. Learn
more about the test here.
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