Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can be the best defense against developing osteoporosis later. The average woman has acquired 98% of her skeletal mass by 30 years of age.
There are four steps to prevent osteoporosis. No one step alone is enough to prevent osteoporosis.
- Eat a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
- Engage in weight-bearing exercise.
- Adopt a healthy lifestyle with no smoking or excessive alcohol intake.
- Take medication to improve bone density when appropriate.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2015
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