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Healthy Habits to Prevent or Reduce Problems From Osteoporosis

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You can slow the onset of osteoporosis or reduce its impact if you form habits that build and strengthen your bones.

It is best if you start healthy habits early in life, but it's never too late. Habits that build and strengthen bones include:

  • Eating a nutritious diet that includes adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Both are needed for building healthy, strong bones.
  • Taking vitamin D supplements. In Canada, most people don't get enough vitamin D from food only. Osteoporosis Canada recommends that all Canadian adults take daily vitamin D supplements. The vitamin D recommendations vary by province. Talk with your doctor about how much vitamin D you need.
  • Getting regular exercise. Weight-bearing exercises—such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing, or lifting weights—keep bones healthy by working the muscles and bones against gravity.

To maintain healthy bones as an adult:

  • Don't drink too much. Osteoporosis Canada recommends drinking no more than 2 alcohol drinks a day. See pictures of standard alcoholic drinks.
  • Don't smoke. Smoking puts you at a much higher risk for developing osteoporosis. Smokers lose bone density faster than people who do not smoke.

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  1. Papaioannou A, et al. (2010). 2010 clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in Canada: Summary. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 182(17): 1864–1873. DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.100771. Accessed October 28, 2014.

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Current as of: April 15, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

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