Osteoporosis can be prevented

Doctor Jose Soza, Family medicine specialist at Baptist Health Primary Care, recommends patients a balanced diet, not smoking, moderate alcohol and vitamin D in order to prevent osteoporosis.

The specialists explains balanced diet includes more vegetables and, especially, white meats (fish, tuna, chicken, salmon) and there is a supplementation patients should be taking which is vitamin D.

For patients who are 65 years and older, the physician recommends 800 international units of vitamin D on a daily basis since this not only decreases the risk for falls but also decreases the risk for osteoporosis as well.

Walking and not smoking are other doctor’s recommendations. “Smoking is one of the risk factors for osteoporosis,” he says.

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