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As you age, you are at a greater risk for developing osteoporosis, a condition where your bones weaken, and you have a higher risk of experiencing fractures. A family history of osteoporosis, early menopause, certain medications, such as steroids, and a history of eating disorders can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis. After menopause, you lose calcium from your bones faster than before, and your risk of developing osteoporosis increases. Osteoporosis can be very debilitating, but you can also prevent osteoporosis or slow its process through lifestyle and diet changes. The most important thing to remember is getting enough calcium in your diet. You should have 1,200 to 1,500 mg of calcium daily as well as 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D. Phosphorous aids your body in absorbing calcium, so make sure to get enough. A specific postmenopausal vitamin or a calcium supplement will help you to get the right amount in your diet to prevent osteoporosis. Engaging in low-impact exercise will put sufficient strain on your bones to help them remain strong and avoid becoming weak with osteoporosis. Weight resistance exercises using free weights or fitness equipment also helps stimulate bone health. Smoking, drinking excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol are also thought to contribute to bone density loss.

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