Osteoporosis is, unfortunately, an all-too-common problem in the U.S., with an estimated 10 million sufferers. What is even worse is that as many as 34 million people, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, have low bone density – a major factor in determining whether someone is at risk of developing the condition. Here is some information that could help you reduce your chances of becoming one of these statistics.
Make the Right Choices
There are ways that you can either substantially lower your risk of getting osteoporosis or possibly even prevent it altogether. By implementing some healthy lifestyle changes, you could substantially impact the strength and overall health of your bones and minimize your osteoporosis risk later in life. These are some of them.
- Boost your intake of calcium and vitamin D – Both calcium and vitamin D are vital to the health of your bones. Consider taking daily supplements to ensure you get the proper amount of both nutrients – after talking to your doctor to make sure he or she recommends doing so.
- Get active – There are several different types of exercises that can significantly strengthen your bones, especially weight-bearing exercises such as jumping rope, walking, running, yoga, aerobics and others. Anything that requires your bones to support your body weight will help.
- Change your diet – While vitamin D and calcium – as well as magnesium – are vital, it is just as important that your diet help provide the energy you need to stay active. For example, if your diet is high in caffeine and salt, that could play a role in causing bone loss and, ultimately, osteoporosis. You will also want to maintain the ideal weight for your body type. It is important that you are neither overweight nor underweight.
Contact Us About Osteoporosis
These are just a few of the things you can do to lower your chances of developing osteoporosis. If you would like more information or you need treatment for this condition, get in touch with your nearest Jupiter Medical Specialists location.