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How can I keep my bones strong and prevent osteoporosis?

Taking measures to build strong bones - especially before the age of 30 - is the best defense against getting osteoporosis, and a healthy lifestyle - including a diet high in bone-boosting calcium and vitamin D - along with daily weight-bearing exercise, is critically important for keeping bones strong. Resistance and high-impact exercise adds to the improvement of high peak bone mass and may even help to prevent falls in older women.             

Also stop smoking. Cigarette smoking is known to increase your chances of getting this disease early in life. And cut back on alcohol consumption—another key risk factor in getting osteoporosis.

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