Increasing Risk of Osteoporosis

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

More and more Americans are diagnosed with osteoporosis each year. In fact, by the year 2040, the number of hip fractures, which can result from the disease, is expected to double.

And the U.S. Surgeon General says most Americans do not do enough to protect their bones.

Prevention against brittle bones includes diet and exercise. The government has already increased their daily recommendation of milk from two to three glasses. Doctors also recommend eating other Calcium-rich foods such as green, leafy vegetables and yogurt, and taking a daily multivitamin with Calcium and Vitamin D.

Exercise is the other part of prevention. Low-weight bearing exercises like walking and lifting light weights are best to boost bone mass and prevent fractures.


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