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Donít be under a normal body weight.
Certain studies indicate that thinner women have an
increased chance of hip and other bone fractures. Also,
thin women may have diets lower in dairy products, which
contain calcium and insufficient amounts can lead to
Get a heel measurement. Bone-scanning devices like the
peripheral instantaneous X-ray imager, measure bone mass
using low-dose radiation to measure bone density.
According to David J. Satoris, MD, director of bone
densitometry at the University of California at San
Diego School of Medicine, women should receive a
baseline scan as early as age 21 and all women over age
65 should be tested.
Give your hormones a boost. Estrogen therapy has been
widely used to treat osteoporosis after menopause. There
is however, a link to cancer from estrogen use.
Calcitonin therapy is another common option but it is
either injected or inhaled which isnít appealing to some
women, but itís effective.
Although there is nothing a woman can do to relive her
20ís and take measures to build stronger bones, most of
the other options are achievable and can dramatically
improve a womanís chance of avoiding bone fragility.