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Are calcium, vitamin D and exercise enough to help bone density?

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D, and doing weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise, should help you build and maintain bone density. Not smoking and not drinking alcohol excessively can also help keep bones strong by not accelerating bone loss. However, even these good health habits may not be enough to maintain strong bones in everyone. About half of all women and one-quarter of all men over 50 will have a fracture due to osteoporosis (the brittle-bone disease). Talk to your doctor about your own risk for osteoporosis and what steps you can take to reduce it.

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