(HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones
become thin, frail and brittle, and may break easily. Women and
older people are more prone to developing osteoporosis, although it
can affect people of any age or gender.
The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and
Skin Diseases suggests these preventive measures for
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet that's rich in vitamin D and
- Getting frequent exercise that's designed to help strengthen
bones. Your doctor can recommend specific exercises.
- Taking medications designed to prevent bone loss or increase
- Taking steps to prevent falls, which increase your chances of
breaking a bone, such as the hip, wrist or spine. Such steps
include removing clutter inside the home, wearing low-heeled shoes,
securing rugs to the floor, and installing grab bars in the
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