5 Ways to slow osteoporosis

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Many people consider osteoporosis to be a normal, unavoidable part of aging. But it is preventable, and the steps you take now — no matter how old you are — can help improve your bone health for the rest of your life.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 9 million Americans have osteoporosis and another 43 million have low bone density, placing them at a higher risk for the disease. This means that 60 percent of adults age 50 and older are at risk of breaking a bone. While it is most common in women, the disease also affects men, and certain diseases and medications can increase your risk.

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According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), many people get less than half the calcium they need. Recommended calcium and vitamin D intakes vary in children and in adults, depending on a number of factors, so it’s best to talk with your doctor. You can view recommended guidelines at the NIH’s resource center for osteoporosis and related bone diseases, www.niams.nih.gov.

Find a list of nutrient-rich, bone-building foods recommended by the National Osteoporosis Foundation at http://nof.org/foods