September 26, 2017
7 Ways to Reduce Osteoporosis Risk

7 Ways to Reduce Osteoporosis Risk

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Here are ways to reduce the risk of excessive bone loss and osteoporosis:

  • Do weight-bearing and strength-training exercise. It’s never too late to start exercising, but if you are frail, very sedentary, or have a serious medical condition, get your doctor’s clearance first.
  • Reduce the risk of falls by improving your balance. Regular exercise, including tai chi, can preserve propriocep­tion—a sense of your body’s position in space.
  • Eat a bone-healthy diet. To make up for shortfalls of calcium or vitamin D in your diet, take a supplement.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in modera­tion. That may actually slow bone loss, while heavy drinking increases it.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. It’s well known that being underweight increases the risk of osteoporosis. While most research has linked being overweight or obese to bet­ter skeletal health because of the greater demands put on bones simply from having to maneuver a larger body, some studies have linked excessive body fat, especially visceral fat (deposited around organs in the abdo­men), to worse bone density.
  • Ask your doctor if any of your medica­tions could be taking a toll on your bones.