I know that osteoporosis is linked to hereditary factors that I can’t change. But are there things I can do to reduce my risk?
It is clear that many of the risk factors for osteoporosis, such as your sex, age, and genes, are not things you can alter. But there are things that you can do to improve your bone health.
- Take healthy diet rich in calcium and having enough vitamin D helps in maintaining and improving bone health.
- Regular exercise can also help to strengthen the bones or prevent bone loss. In particular, activities that stress your bones, such as jumping , running, and weight bearing exercises, will stimulate bone cells to produce proteins that improve bone strength.
- To further protect bone health, reduce dangerous habits, such as smoking or consuming excess quantities of alcohol.
- If you have risk factors for osteoporosis, you may also want to speak to your doctor about whether any of your drugs may affect your bone health.