Calcium Osteoporosis

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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Calcium osteoporosis is four times more likely to affect women than men. This disease causes your bones to become more fragile over time, often without the victim having any awareness of it at all. The areas most often affected are the spine, hip, and wrist areas. Up to ten million Americans (eight million female) suffer from this condition.

Decreased bone density is the culprit behind this disease--it can make you vulnerable to a normally harmless slip or fall. Certain groups are more at risk for calcium osteoporosis than others. If your family has a history of osteoporosis, if you are over 50 and have already broken a bone, if you have low estrogen or testosterone levels, or if you are anorexic, you are in a high-risk group.

What Can You Do To Prevent Calcium Osteoporosis?

As a pre-menopausal woman, the more I researched the risks associated with osteoporosis, the more I realized that prevention is the best medicine. It's never too early to begin to protect yourself from this disease. There is no cure for osteoporosis; all we can do is protect ourselves with prevention at an early age.

There are four basic things to do to protect yourself from osteoporosis. Eat a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and meats (if you can't easily accomplish this, add a calcium magnesium supplement to your diet). Avoid smoking and excessive amounts of alcohol--over time, these activities will leave your bones weak and susceptible to fractures. Lastly, be sure to exercise regularly to keep both bones and muscles healthy and strong.

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