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Prevent Osteoporosis: 3 Steps to Strong, Healthy Bones

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Drinking milk isn’t just for kids. It also is an excellent source of calcium and Vitamin D, nutrients that are essential for bone health.

It’s important to pay attention to your bone health because as you age, if your body is losing bone mass more rapidly than it’s creating new bone, you could develop osteoporosis. This condition weakens bones, making them more likely to break.

Ya-Yu Lee, MD, an endocrinologist with LVPG Diabetes & Endocrinology, recommends three steps to maintain optimal bone health and prevent osteoporosis:

  1. Get adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your diet. “Calcium intake is preferred through the diet, rather than by supplement,” Lee says. Besides milk, calcium-rich foods include cheese, yogurt, dark leafy greens (such spinach and kale), broccoli, beans and fish. Fortified cereals, fortified orange juice and enriched grains are other sources.
  2. Partake in regular weight-bearing exercise, such as walking, hiking and dancing. These activities will help you keep your bones healthy and strong.
  3. Stop behaviors that are known to negatively affect bone health, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

The osteoporosis program at LVPG Diabetes and Endocrinology can help you assess your bone health and develop a plan to prevent and treat osteoporosis.