Updated 09 July 2014

How can I prevent osteoporosis?

There is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis.

There is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis. The experts recommend the following:
  • A balanced diet rich in calcium, energy and vitamins without excess protein
  • Calcium (1000 to 1500 mg/day) is important to attain peak bone mineral density in the young and prevent bone loss in the aged
  • If required, vitamin D can be added in a dose of 400 to 800 IU daily
  • If magnesium deficiency is present (for example, in diabetics, alcoholics or those who are using diuretics), magnesium should be supplemented
  • Limited alcohol consumption
  • No more smoking
  • Avoiding drugs which are toxic to bone
  • Taking up physical exercise and (in the elderly) preventing falls to limit osteoporotic fracture

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