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By Craig M. Wax, DO

Osteoporosis is a progressive condition resulting from gradual bone thinning and weakness.  Over time, this can increase your risk of major bone fractures including the hip and pelvis.

On average, osteoporosis affects more women than men, especially those with a slender, thin-framed build.  Osteoporosis is also more common in those whose elder family members had a history of multiple bone fractures or osteoporosis.  These bone weaknesses usually result from genetics, age, lack of weight bearing exercise, low calcium and other nutrient deprivation over the course of a lifetime.

As always, prevention is the best medicine.  A healthy diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium are essential towards maintaining your bone mass (sturdiness).  Supplements can augment a healthy diet  rich in low fat dairy products.  Consider taking chelated calcium 1,000mg twice a day, vitamin D 400i.u. once a day, and magnesium 1,000mg once daily.  Daily weight bearing exercise, such as walking, will also help to prevent osteoporosis.  Quitting smoking and reducing caffeinated beverage intake such as coffee, tea, and colas further reduces your risk of this disease.

Remember, a healthy lifestyle is key to maximizing your bone strength.

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