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My friend has osteopenia. how do i avoid getting it?

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Dr. Rebecca Gray
Obstetrics and Gynecology 14 years experience
Calcium: Daily calcium supplements and weight-bearing exercise help build bone strength and protects against osteoporosis.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Dr. Kevin Daus commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Also, remember to get about 2000IU of D3 every day along with your calcium. Kroger has 400 pills very cheap and it is 2 for one! Also exercise. Hope this helps!
Mar 9, 2012
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
At menopause, consider estrogen replacement to prevent the accelerated calcium loss from you bones that occurs after menopause.
Mar 11, 2012
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Bone loss: Osteopenia is low bone density. This is often genetic. Low bone mass is a risk for the development of osteoporosis which is bone at risk of fractures. If you smoke, quit. Weight bearing exercise increases muscle mass and strengthen your bones. Decrease carbonated drinks. Take vitamin d and calcium supplement. Moderate exposure to sunlight (with sunscreen) also activates your body's vitamin d.

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