Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Over 44 million Americans are affected by a debilitating disease called osteoporosis that causes bones to become weak and break easily. Women over the age of 50 are most affected by the condition.

Other factors that increase the risk of developing osteoporosis is being small-boned, smoking, abusing alcohol, living an inactive lifestyle, eating a diet low in Vitamin D and Calcium or being Caucasian, Asian, or Hispanic/Latino.

Here are a few things you can do to prevent osteoporosis according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation:

  • Get enough calcium and vitamin D and eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Engage in regular exercise.
  • Eat foods that are good for bone health, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid smoking and limit alcohol to 2-3 drinks per day.