Aches and pains are expected as you age, and not necessarily a sign of osteoporosis. But it’s still a good idea to talk about it with your doctor. In a study of over 47,000 women with a fragility fracture, only 1 in 5 knew that they had osteoporosis beforehand. And surprisingly, very few of the women went on to take follow-up steps to prevent further fractures.
Steps that you can take right now to lower the risk of osteoporosis, no matter your age, include boosting your intake of calcium and vitamin D, avoiding smoking and excessive drinking, and participating in regular weight-bearing exercise. For the most protection, it’s best to make these behaviors a habit by age 30. But even if you missed that boat, it’s never too late to make a difference. The comfort with which you age depends on it.