Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

These suggestions may help reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis or experiencing broken bones:

  • Don't smoke. Smoking increases rates of bone loss and the chance of experiencing a fracture.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol. Consuming more than two alcoholic drinks a day may decrease bone formation. Being under the influence also can increase your risk of falling.
  • Prevent falls. Wear low-heeled shoes with nonslip soles and check your house for electrical cords, area rugs and slippery surfaces that might cause you to trip or fall. Keep rooms brightly lit, install grab bars just inside and outside your shower door, and make sure you can get into and out of your bed easily.
Dec. 13, 2014

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