Ten million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis, while another 34 million are at risk for developing the disease.1

Here are easy steps to prevent osteoporosis:2

First, get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Benefiber Plus Calcium is a great source for calcium; so are milk, cheese or yogurt. Vitamin D helps promote calcium absorption in the body, and your body can manufacture vitamin D if you simply get out in the sun for ten to fifteen minutes each day!3

Next, engage in regular weight-bearing and resistance exercise. These build strength in bones. Talk to your doctor about exercises that are right for you.2

Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol. Both increase the risk of osteoporosis.4

And finally, have a bone density test. Its the only way to diagnose osteoporosis and determine your risk for future fracture. The test measures the density of your bones, and determines whether you need medication. Its accurate, painless and noninvasive.2

1. source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, October 2004.
2. source: The National Osteoporosis Foundation.
3. source: National Institute of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.
4. source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)