Preventing Osteoporosis Begins Early
- Posted on: Oct 15 2016
When you think of osteoporosis, you may not think it’s something to be concerned about until you get older. The truth is you’re never too young to improve your bone health. The habits you adopt early in life can lay the groundwork for the health of your bones now and throughout your entire life.
Knowing the early warning signs of osteoporosis is a powerful tool to managing bone loss. Some of the initial indicators of bone loss include:
- Cramps, muscles aches and bone pain
- Receding gums
- A weakened grip
- Brittle fingernails
- Loss in height
Some of the best ways you can protect your bones now is by:
- Eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. Good sources of calcium include dairy, green leafy vegetables, tofu, nuts, bread made with fortified flour, and fish with bones like sardines and salmon. Foods that contain vitamin D include fatty fish like tuna and mackerel, fortified breakfast cereals, and eggs.
- Exercise regularly. The best exercises to increase bone strength are those that are weight-bearing like tai chi, yoga, and brisk walking, and those that strengthen your muscles like lifting weights.
- Avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol. Studies have shown a direct relationship between decreased bone density and tobacco and alcohol use. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about a cessation program that might work best for you. And if you imbibe, limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day.
It’s never too late to take steps to protect your bones. Keeping your bones strong and healthy means you are able to stay active into your older years. Take care of your bones now to help contribute to a better quality of life into the future.
Are you interested in learning more about early prevention of osteoporosis?
For more information about the best ways to care for your bones, contact Dr. Desio today. Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proudly serve all surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.636
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