Building strong bones, especially before the age of 30, can be the best defense against developing osteoporosis, and a healthy lifestyle can be critically important for keeping bones strong.

There are several steps you can take to prevent osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is largely preventable for most people. Prevention of this disease is very important because, while there are treatments for osteoporosis, there is currently no cure. There are five steps to prevent osteoporosis. No one step alone is enough to prevent osteoporosis but all five may.

NOF's Five Steps to Bone Health and Osteoporosis Prevention:

Get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D

Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise

Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol

Talk to your healthcare provider about bone health

When appropriate, have a bone density test and take medication
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