Bone Health

Nobody knows for sure why some people get osteoporosis and others do not, but many factors may play a role. Some factors you can change, while others you cannot.

Eating a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, and taking part in daily physical activity are among the best early measures you can take to prevent osteoporosis.

Factors You Can Change

  • Little physical activity
  • A poor diet, low in calcium and vitamin D
  • Too much dieting
  • A diet high in caffeine or alcohol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Loss of the hormone oestrogen after menopause

Factors You Cannot Change

  • Short stature
  • Small wrist size
  • Caucasian or Asian background
  • Relatives with osteoporosis (it can run in families)
  • Being female
  • Getting older

Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada
www.dairygoodness.ca

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