WOMEN’S HEALTH WEDNESDAYS
Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones are brittle and weak and are therefore prone to fractures. It is usually seen in women but may afflict men as well. Although it is commonly found in elderly populations, there are four things you can do at any age in an effort to prevent osteoporosis from occurring.
1 Adequate amount of calcium in the diet: 1,000 mg/day in ages 18 – 51. Calcium can be found in foods such as dairy products, soy products, spinach, almonds, salmon, kale or broccoli.
2 Adequate amount of Vitamin D: 400 – 1,000 IUs/day in adults. This vitamin can be found in foods such as fish or egg yolks, but is usually obtained from sun exposure.
3 Exercise: both strength training and weight bearing.
4 Lifestyle: both smoking and excessive drinking can contribute to bone loss.