Bone Health 101

We all have our daily worries: Are our roots showing? Did we remember to floss this morning? Do these jeans make us look fat? But on top of these typical female concerns, just how worried should the average woman be about the possibility of breaking a hip?

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about as worried as she should be about breast, uterine and ovarian cancer—combined. The NOF, the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones, says that a woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of these three devastating female diseases. In fact, the number of fractures due to osteoporosis is expected to grow to more than 3 million by 2025.

The larger risk factors for osteoporosis are well known: Being female, having gone through menopause, being thin and small-framed. None of these are easily remedied. However, adequate calcium and vitamin D as part of a healthful diet, along with physical activity, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in later life. In addition, But according to the NOF and the Mayo Clinic website, there are several steps to preventing osteoporosis that are still within a woman’s control:

Calcium and Vitamin D Intake

Ensuring one’s diet contains adequate calcium and Vitamin D can help maintain an individual’s bone density, which can help reduce one’s risk of early bone loss and even fractures. Calcium is important for woman of all ages. Young adults, who continue to gain small amounts of bone until the age of 25, can decrease their chances of future fracture by establishing a healthy “peak bone mass” in their youth. Eating calcium-rich foods is an easy (and delicious) way to help prevent osteoporosis.

Alcohol and Tobacco Use

According to the Mayo Clinic, researchers have shown that tobacco contributes to bone weakness. They also know that two or more drinks of alcohol per day can inhibit the body from properly absorbing calcium. Limiting your consumption of both can contribute to better general bone health.

Activity Level

Doctors continue to emphasize the benefits of weight-bearing exercises to female bone health. Walking, running, jumping, dancing and weightlifting are recommended ways to increase one’s activity level while promoting healthy bones.

Eating Disorders

Bulimia and anorexia nervosa put women at increased risk of low bone density, making them easier to fracture. Maintaining a lifelong healthy relationship with food you will help you avoid osteoporosis and a number of other serious health concerns as you age.

Caffeine Consumption

Research indicates that caffeine may decrease calcium absorption by a small amount. Try to limit your consumption to less than three cups of coffee per day, and find ways to make up for any calcium loss.

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Stephanie Kelly is a paid blogger for Fembody Nutrition. Opinions stated on the blog are given with the understanding that any weight loss product must be combined with diet and exercise in order to be effective. The FDA has not evaluated any statement listed on this site. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.