Is osteoporosis preventable?

Is osteoporosis preventable?

There are some fundamental principles we can all undertake to help best prevent this disease.

Like many conditions, regular exercise is essential for building bone and muscle strength. It’s recommended that the average adult should be doing about 2.5 hours of moderate exercise every week. If you at risk of developing osteoporosis then weight bearing and resistance exercises are particularly important.

Weight bearing exercise will help strengthen your muscles, ligaments and joints. Resistance will be especially helpful for the strength of tendons pulling on bones.

A healthy diet is another easy way to improve your risk of developing osteoporosis. Make sure that you are getting enough calcium in your diet because it is an important element in maintaining healthy bones. Vitamin D will help your body absorb calcium so it is also important that there you are getting enough in your diet.

Other lifestyle changes, including both reducing the consumption of alcohol and stopping smoking will all reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.

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