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Decrease your osteoporosis risk with calcium & vitamin D
A 2004 US Surgeon General report reveals that for women of all ages and life stages, calcium, vitamin D, and exercise are important to maintaining everyday bone health and helping to prevent osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist.10
Here is the good news! You can decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis by getting 1,000 mg of calcium, 200 international units (IU) of vitamin D for adults under 50, and at least 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise per day.
Who is at risk?
Certain people are more likely than others to develop osteoporosis. Risk factors for the disease include:
- Being female
- Being thin and/or having a small frame
- Being of advanced age
- A family history of osteoporosis
- Early menopause
- A diet low in calcium
- The use of certain medications
- An inactive lifestyle
- Cigarette smoking
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Being Caucasian, African-American Asian, or Hispanic with a predisposition to lactose intolerance (the inability to digest milk and dairy products) and avoidance of milk-product consumption