What Do You Know About Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens a person's bones. It makes them less dense and more fragile. Test your knowledge of this disease by taking the following quiz.
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9. How can osteoporosis be prevented?
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Follow a diet that has plenty of calcium and vitamin D and get regular weight-bearing exercise. These are the best ways to prevent weakened bones later in later life. People ages 31 to 50 should get 1,000 mg of calcium each day. People over 50 should get 1,200 mg daily. Your body uses vitamin D to absorb calcium. Being out in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes a day, without sunscreen, 2 days a week helps most people’s bodies make enough vitamin D. You can also get vitamin D from eggs, fatty fish, and cereal and milk fortified with vitamin D, as well as from supplements. Exercise makes bones and muscles stronger and helps prevent bone loss. It also helps you stay active and mobile. Weight-bearing exercises done 3 to 4 times a week are best. Good choices are walking, jogging, playing tennis, and dancing.
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