Tips to Prevent or Slow Bone Loss

October 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

You can take a number of steps to prevent or slow down bone loss. Here are a few:

  • Include plenty of calcium in your diet. Dietary sources of calcium include dairy products, almonds, broccoli, kale, sardines and soy products, such as tofu. If you find it difficult to get enough calcium from your diet, ask your doctor about calcium supplements.
  • Pay attention to vitamin D. Although many people get adequate amounts of vitamin D from sunlight, this may not be a good source for everyone. Other sources of vitamin D include oily fish, such as tuna and sardines, egg yolks, fortified milk and vitamin D supplements.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, tennis and climbing stairs, can help you build strong bones and slow bone loss.
  • Avoid substance abuse. Avoid smoking and don’t drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day.

If you’re concerned about your bone health or your risk factors for osteoporosis, consult your doctor. He or she may recommend a bone density test. The results will help your doctor gauge your bone density and determine your rate of bone loss.

Source: mayoclinic.com

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