EXERCISE, CIGARETTE SMOKING, AND
MedicineNet: How important are life style
modifications in preventing or treating osteoporosis?
Dr. Truong: In addition to good nutrition
with adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, regular exercise,
stopping smoking, and curtailing alcohol
consumption are very important in preventing and treating osteoporosis.
It is known that young men and women who exercise
regularly generally develop stronger bones with higher bone
density than those who lead sedentary lives. After 35
years of age, men and women start to lose bone. Adequate
nutrition and regular weight-bearing exercise can slow this
age-related bone loss.
Furthermore, regular weight-bearing exercises have been
shown to increase bone density in both premenopausal
and postmenopausal women. Regular exercise means exercising at
least 30 minutes three to four times per week. Long term
commitment to regular exercise is important, as the
benefits of exercise on the bone are quickly lost once the
person stops exercising.