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Make healthy bones a family affair

The bone disease osteoporosis primarily affects older adults. But prevention of it begins in childhood, when bones become dense and strong. These tips can help young and old alike have healthier bones.

5 bone-building tips

  1. Enjoy calcium every day. Good sources include low-fat and nonfat dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods.
  2. Get vitamin D. This is a must-have vitamin for the body to absorb calcium. Ask your doctor if you need to take a supplement.
  3. Eat a well-balanced diet. Make foods such as fish, fruits and vegetables a regular part of your menu.
  4. Exercise often. Go for weight-bearing activities like walking and muscle-strengthening exercises like lifting weights.
  5. Don't smoke. Smoking raises the risk of osteoporosis.

Sources: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Osteoporosis Foundation; Office on Women’s Health

reviewed 2/5/2018

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