Roughly one in three women and one in five men will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture beyond the age of 50. The bone disease is incredibly common, but there are a few things you could be doing today that increase your risk of becoming diagnosed.
Whether through diet or other means, what you do in your years both before and after 50 can have a profound effect on the state of your bone health. Though there are factors beyond one’s control that can increase risk (age and gender), we cover a few of the things you might be doing that will affect your risk of osteoporosis.
1. You Don’t Receive Enough Calcium and Vitamin D in Your Diet
Calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone health, and not getting enough of them in your diet can pose a risk for both your bone health and overall health. Calcium helps your body build bone and osteoporosis is a result of one’s body’s failure to build enough new bone to replace the old.
Dairy products are especially rich in calcium, while fatty fish like salmon offer a great source of vitamin D. Fruits and vegetables, too, offer both calcium and vitamin D alongside other important nutrients to keep bones healthy.
2. You’re Not Active Enough
A highly sedentary lifestyle can have a negative impact on your overall bone health. High impact activities such as resistance training, sprinting, dancing, swimming, and similar activities keep bones stronger for longer.
Regular exercise, of course, isn’t just an important component of your bone health, but also your overall body composition, which can be an indicator of the potential for a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
3. You Smoke Cigarettes or Drink Alcohol
You won’t find many medical resources that condone smoking cigarettes as a method of staying healthy, though you will certainly find the opposite. Just as cigarette smoking can take a toll on your lungs, smoking regularly can actually increase your risk for bone problems as well.
Alcohol in excess, too, can be detrimental to bone health. However, alcohol in moderation does not pose nearly as much of a risk. Being mindful of regular alcohol intake can help you determine whether or not you should curb the amount you consume.
4. You Take Anti-inflammatory Medications
There are more than a few types of medications that can be detrimental to bone health in the long term and can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Medications that help treat diseases such as asthma, arthritis, lupus, and certain allergies are not always great for your bones.
It’s important that if you do plan on taking any medications such as cortisone, that you consult with your doctor about the potential side effects and understand the risks to both your bone health and overall health.
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