Dealing with a Family History of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, a condition that involves the gradual decalcification of the skeleton, leading to more frequent bones fractures, is an increasing problem for older women.  Particularly if you have a family history of osteoporosis, you may be wondering how to stave off this devastating disease.  For women, the decrease in estrogen after menopause is the main cause leading to the development of the disease.  Osteoporosis also has a genetic component, so particularly if you have a family history of osteoporosis, you may be interested in learning how to protect yourself from the Osteoporosis.Old Woman With Walker

1. Either don’t start smoking or stop.

2. Exercise and lift weights.

3. Consume a lot of calcium. Calcium isn’t just for kids, and the continued consumption of calcium is good for your bones.  Drink milk, eat leafy greens (such as broccoli and spinach), oranges, and certain kinds of beans or nuts (tofu, peanuts, peas, black beans, baked beans).

4. Once you pass menopause, get regular bone density tests and talk to your doctor.

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