An Overview of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones making them thin, fragile, brittle and easy to break. Osteoporosis can affect both men and women, but is more prevalent in women over age 60.  The condition of osteoporosis can be prevented by eating a healthy diet with the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D.  In addition, adults who partake in regular weight-bearing exercise, who avoid smoking and who limit their alcohol intake will greatly reduce their chances of getting this bone disease.  By taking a bone density test, one can become aware of the condition of their bones and begin taking preventative treatment measures to improve their bone density, such as taking calcium supplements, osteoporosis prescribed medications and making healthier lifestyle choices.

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