Expert Advice: How to prevent osteoporosis
Ruban Dhaliwal, MD, explains how to prevent osteoporosis, a condition where one's bones become brittle and fragile. Dhaliwal is an endocrinologist who directs the metabolic bone disease center at Upstate.
Host Amber Smith: Here's some expert advice from Dr. Ruban Dhaliwal from Upstate Medical University. How can a person prevent osteoporosis?
Ruban Dhaliwal, MD: Healthy nutrition is very important during childhood and throughout adult life to build bones as well as maintaining bone health, especially for children. As they are accruing bone mass, it is very important that they have a calcium- and vitamin D-rich diet and in general stay very active. This is key.
Ruban Dhaliwal, MD: By the time we reach age 20, we have accrued 90% of bone mass. So we really want to take advantage of the childhood years to build a good bone mass. We call it peak bone mass, so that we could start out our adult years with a good bone mass and then work on to maintaining that bone mass through healthy diet through regular physical activity and weight-bearing exercise, limiting excessive use of alcohol intake, avoiding smoking, avoiding falls. These are all universal measures that can be applied throughout life stages.
Host Amber Smith: You've been listening to Dr. Ruban Dhaliwal from Upstate Medical University.