Health Tip: Build Strong Bones

(HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak, brittle and may break easily.

The National Women's Health Information Center offers these suggestions to help prevent osteoporosis:

  • Get plenty of calcium by eating or drinking dairy products, or by taking calcium supplements.
  • Get enough vitamin D, through exposure to sunlight (use sunscreen), supplements or milk products.
  • Eat a diet rich in vitamins and protein.
  • Get enough weight-bearing exercise (where your body works against gravity). Examples include lifting weights or climbing stairs.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol use.
  • Take medication to specifically treat or help prevent bone loss.

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