We all hope to live a long and healthy life. However, for many of us genetics plays a major part in whether or not we will be as healthy as we would like. This can be the case in developing osteoporosis. Genetics are one of the factors involved in whether or not you will avoid it. Lifestyle factors also come into play. What you do or don’t do when you are younger may come back to haunt you in your old age.
What can we do to help prevent osteoporosis?
Once you are in your mid twenties your bones will begin to get thinner. The thicker your bones are by this time the better off you will be. You can also:
- Make sure that what you eat is healthy and nutritious. Adequate calcium intake is important, especially for women.
- Eat enough for your age and body size. Many younger people lack protein and other nutrients in their diets. Dieting is one way to ensure that your bones will thin instead of staying healthy.
- Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins. Your body needs it to help absorb calcium and keep your bones healthy. Those with higher amounts of Vitamin D in their bodies show less likelihood of contracting most diseases overall.
- Stay active. Walking, running, bicycling – any type of activity helps your bones but those that are weight bearing are the best to promote bone health.
- Quit smoking. Ask you healthcare provider or local health unit for help in quitting.
- Lower your intake of alcohol. It robs your body of nutrients.
Even for those who didn’t acquire enough bone mass when they were younger, following the above tips can help to ensure that your bones stay strong and don’t become thinner as you get older. Bone growth slows as you age. Do everything you can to take care of your bones and help yourself to age healthy and happy.