"Dear Ask Alison,
What can be done before osteoporosis becomes an issue? Can it be avoided or lessened by eating certain foods or doing certain exercises?
~ Ellen K.- O'Fallon
1. Build up your bone health bank
Between ages 30-35, we build more bone than we lose. Build as much as possible so that you have more to lose later! Think of it the same way as you do your bank account: the more money you save now, the more you'll have to use after retirement.
2. Nutrition Matters
Anything that affects your body's natural balance can prevent calcium from getting to your bones. This can include:
- High alcohol intake
- High caffeine intake
- High protein diets
- High sodium diets
- Certain eating disorders
3. Look at your lifestyle
Smoking is a major factor in all aspects of your health, but it's especially hard on your bone health. While exercise is important for bone health, excessive exercise can negatively affect your bones. For women, having children can actually help build your bones, and women who do not have children are more at risk for osteoporosis in the future.
Katherine Meirink, PT
I recommend these websites:
FORE Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education
NOF National Osteoporosis Foundation
I also recommend this book (click title to reserve your copy today):
Walk Tall! An Exercise Program for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis by Sandra Meeks, PT
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