Prevention of Osteoporosis
With osteoporosis, the best defense is a strong offense: healthy diet and exercise!
Diet and Nutrition
Nutrition and osteoporosis are closely linked. Two key nutrients in preventing osteoporosis are calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is a key building block for your bones, while vitamin D allows your bones to absorb the calcium.
Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt and cheese, are all good choices for adding calcium to your diet, but other foods are rich in calcium as well.
•Fortified juices, cereals and oatmeal
•Salmon and sardines with bones
•Beans and legumes
•Certain nuts, such as almonds
•Dark leafy greens such as broccoli and bok choy
•Fish, such as salmon, tuna and herring
•Milk and yogurt — regardless of whether it’s whole, nonfat, or reduced fat/fortified with vitamin D
The amount of exercise your bones can handle will vary from person to person. Check with your health care provider before beginning
any exercise regimen!
It is imperative that you let your dentist know if you are on any osteoporosis medications. Some medications that prevent bone loss may negatively affect healing after certain dental procedures. You and your dentist will want to discuss options based on your medications.