Understanding Nutrition (MindTap C...

15th Edition
Eleanor Noss Whitney + 1 other
ISBN: 9781337392693



Understanding Nutrition (MindTap C...

15th Edition
Eleanor Noss Whitney + 1 other
ISBN: 9781337392693
Textbook Problem

What behaviors would be most helpful in preventing osteoporosis?

Summary Introduction

To explain: The behaviors that are most helpful for preventing osteoporosis.

Concept introduction: Osteoporosis is a disease that is characterized by loss of bone density and other bone micro architecture quality that lead to an increased risk of fracture.


Osteoporosis is an asymptomatic disease that causes serious health problems. There are several risk factors like person’s age, gender, and genetics which cause osteoporosis. The various strategies to prevent osteoporosis are given as follows:

  • Calcium is an essential mineral for building and maintaining strong bones. Thus, adding calcium rich foods in the diet prevent osteoporosis.
  • Vitamin D plays an important role for absorbing calcium from the intestine. Therefore, Vitamin D foods are added to diet that control the regular physical activity.
  • Adding soy, iron, zinc, and magnesium rich foods also prevent osteoporosis.
  • Weight-bearing exercises should be practiced.
  • Avoid more soda, cola and coffee drinks
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol that increase the estrogen circulation in the body.
  • Consult a physician regularly, especially older women, regarding the calcium and bone density tests, other nutrient supplements, or drug therapies that prevent the bone loss and help for restoring the lost bone.

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