Osteoporosis

Also indexed as:Bone Loss, Brittle Bone Disease
Stand tall against osteoporosis. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to stop bone loss now for better posture and fewer fractures down the road. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

The right diet is the key to managing many diseases and to improving general quality of life. For this condition, scientific research has found benefit in the following healthy eating tips.

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Get your soy Make tofu, soy milk, soy protein, and other sources of beneficial isoflavones a regular part of your diet.
Choose dairy foods wisely Different dairy products appear to have different effects on bone density and fracture rates. Opt for nonfat milk and yogurt over cottage cheese or American cheese.
Cut the caffeine Avoid excessive calcium loss in the urine from by switching to healthier beverages, like herbal teas, juices, and water.
Fine-tune your protein Too much or too little protein in your diet may increase osteoporosis risk.
Watch the salt Avoid excessive salt and high-salt processed and restaurant foods that may contribute to loss of calcium and bone.
Steer clear of soda People who drink sodas, particularly colas, may be more likely to experience bone loss and bone fractures.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.