Osteopenia is defined as low bone mass, and it may eventually lead to osteoporosis if not treated.
What are some things I can do to prevent osteoporosis?
* Get enough calcium and vitamin D. The best source of calcium is food because you get other healthy nutrients at the same time. Dairy foods are good sources because they are high in calcium and the calcium is absorbed well from these foods. Ask your caregiver about calcium supplements if you cannot get enough calcium from the foods you eat. Your body can absorb the most calcium from supplements by taking 500 mg or less at one time. Do not take more than 2500 mg of calcium each day. Some people may also need to take vitamin D supplements if they do not get enough from sunlight or food sources. Do not take more than 800 IU of vitamin D per day.
* Do weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercises regularly. Regular exercise will help your bones absorb and store calcium. Examples of weight-bearing exercises are walking, running, aerobics, and dancing. Muscle strengthening or weight training exercises help to improve muscle and bone strength.
* Quit smoking. Smoking may increase your risk of fractures.
* Drink alcohol in moderation. Drinking alcohol in excess (more than two drinks per day) may cause bone loss. Alcohol is found in beer, wine, and liquor such as vodka and whiskey.
You will find excellent information at https://www.drugs.com/cg/calcium-and-osteoporosis.html, including dosage information for calcium supplements and dietary sources of calcium.
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