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An estimated ten million Americans already have Osteoporosis. Many more men and women have low bone mass, which puts them at a greater risk for Osteoporosis. Statistics report that this disease affects one in every five women, and one in every eight men.

Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bodies' bones become fragile to the point of easily fracturing. Osteoporosis is known as the "Silent Disease" because it shows no symptoms as it progressives. It is only until there is a fall or injury which results in a bone fracture, that this disease comes to light. The fractures occur usually in the wrists, forearms, hips, and spine.

Adult women, as well as adult men, begin to lose bone mass at an estimated rate of about one percent a year. This loss can contribute to Osteoporosis, so preventative measures should be taken in order to minimize the risk of acquiring Osteoporosis.

Preventative measures include having your doctor or healthcare professional perform a "Bone Density Test." This simple, painless procedure can determine the calcium content of the wrists, forearms, hips, spine, or total body. There are several types of bone density tests available.

Routine x-rays can detect this dreaded disease, but only after twenty-five to forty percent of the bone mass has been lost. At this point in time, Osteoporosis has already developed in its stages of advancement.

Calcium and Vitamin D are two vital nutrients that can help to slow the progression of bone loss. A diet that is adequate in these nutrients means that adults need to ingest 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams every day. Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are good sources of Calcium and Vitamin D. Taking a Calcium supplement is an excellent way of making sure that your body is getting enough.

Regular excercise can also help maintain strong bones, as well as getting enough exposure to sunlight. Sunlight is necessary as it affects the level of Vitamin D in our bodies. Vitamin D helps the body absorb Calcium.

Heavy alcohol use is strongly associated with Osteoporosis, and it, along with smoking, should be avoided.

Take these necessary steps and you can significantly reduce your risk of getting Osteoporosis. For further information, talk to your doctor or healthcare professional.