13 Ways to Strengthen Your Bones

The secret to having strong bones later lies in the choices you make now.

13 Ways to Strengthen Your Bones
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Sticks and stones… …may break your bones, but these risk factors can really hurt you.
White or Asian
Petite frame
Low body weight or BMI <20
Family history of osteoporosis on your mother’s side
Onset of menstruation after age 15 or menopause before age 40
History of an eating disorder or skipped periods due to low body fat
Smoking, past or current
Heavy alcohol use
Certain health problems, including type I diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac or thyroid disease, can increase your risk, as can drugs such as blood-thinning and seizure medications, steroids like prednisone, acid reflux treatments like Prilosec and Nexium, and Depo-Provera birth control.