Fast Five Quiz: Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


December 10, 2020

Figure 2. Deformed spine (kyphosis) in a woman suffering from osteoporosis.

Physical activity has been shown to play an important role in the prevention of osteoporosis. Tai chi may help to reduce bone loss and improve quality of life in postmenopausal osteopenic women.

High-impact exercise helps to prevent osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density in weight-bearing areas of the body and may be appropriate for some postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Findings from the LIFTMOR trial showed that high-impact exercise, in particular high-intensity progressive resistance training, may improve vertebral height as well as lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density among postmenopausal women with bone loss.

According to recommendations from the National Health Service, 700 mg of calcium per day is recommended for most adults to maintain bone health. In addition, 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day is recommended.

Learn more about preventive measures for osteoporosis.


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