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When should I start taking measures to prevent osteoporosis?

David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
The best prevention for osteoporosis begins early -- during the first two decades of life, when you can most influence your peak bone mass by getting enough calcium and vitamin D and doing bone-strengthening exercise. Yet many Americans don't realize this. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 40% of Americans believe that prevention should begin at age 30 or older. If you are over age 20, there's no need to be discouraged. It's never too late to adopt bone-preserving habits, such as getting enough calcium and vitamin D, doing weight-bearing exercises, and using medication if necessary.

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