Cures for Osteoporosis
Since there are no known cures for osteoporosis, your best bet is to avoid the things that can increase your risk factors for developing the condition in the first place. These preventive measures include staying active, eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, and avoiding activities that can damage your health, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
Like anything else in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In this case, there is no known cure for osteoporosis; therefore, it is best to take preventive measures such as proper nutrition, exercise, and avoiding falls that may result in fractures. In addition, your doctor may prescribe a medication to slow or stop bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce fracture risk.
No matter how old you are, it is never too late to start! Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence is the best defense against getting osteoporosis later. Building strong bones at a young age will lessen the effects of the natural bone loss that starts around age 30. As you get older, your bones don't make new bone quickly enough to keep up with the bone loss. And after menopause, bone loss increases more quickly. But there are steps you can take to stop your bones from becoming weak and brittle. These steps include:
- Taking calcium
- Taking vitamin D
- Eating a healthy diet
- Not smoking
- Drinking in moderation
- Making your home safe
- Taking certain medications -- see Osteoporosis Medications
(Click Osteoporosis Prevention to learn more about each of these steps.)