How to Lower Your Risk
Taking some simple steps early on in life can go a long way in preventing osteoporosis down the road. You should:
- Get a baseline DEXA scan (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) to help determine if you have osteoporosis (or if not, your risk).
- Get enough calcium and Vitamin D. The daily recommended amount for calcium is:
- 1,300 mg from onset of menses to age 23
- 1,000 mg from age 23 to menopause
- 1,200 mg from menopause through the rest of life
Regarding Vitamin D, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends at least 600 international units (IU) every day for most healthy adults under age 71, and at least 800 IU for healthy people age 71 and older.
- Take preventive measures to prevent a fall in your home or work environment by removing clutter and tacking down or removing rugs.