Although osteoporosis will occur in all persons as they age, the rate of progression and the effects can be modified with proper early diagnosis and treatment.
During growth and young adulthood, adequate calcium nutrition and Vitamin D and regular weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging, and dancing, three to four hours a week, build strong bones and are investments in future bone health.
Smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol should be avoided because they increase bone loss. As people age, appropriate intake of calcium and Vitamin D and regular exercise, as well as avoidance of smoking and excessive alcohol use, are necessary to reduce loss of bone mass.
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