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How can I prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures?

Staying healthy and active -- and warding off osteoporosis -- are optimal goals for everyone as we age. Although you can’t change risk factors such as your family history and race, these simple steps can keep you fracture-free:

  • Build strong bones with a nutritious diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, boron, magnesium, and zinc
  • Begin a regular exercise program with weight-bearing exercises such as walking, biking, rowing, stair-climbing, tennis, and low-impact aerobics, plus exercises that strengthen the back and leg muscles
  • Take estrogen after menopause to prevent bone loss
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid heavy consumption of alcohol
  • Educate yourself about medications known to increase your risk, such as corticosteroids and antacids containing aluminum
  • Be aware of medical problems that can increase risk, such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic lung disease, diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism, and some intestinal problems
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