General Guidelines for Managing Osteoporosis
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Do not smoke.
- Avoid excess alcohol and caffeine.
- Practice fall prevention.
- Floors—Remove all loose wires, cords, and throw rugs. Minimize clutter. Make sure rugs are anchored and smooth. Keep furniture in its accustomed place.
- Bathrooms—Install grab bars and non-skid tape in the tub or shower.
- Lighting—Make sure halls, stairways, and entrances are well lit. Install a night light in your bathroom. Turn lights on if you get up in the middle of the night.
- Kitchen—Install non-skid rubber mats near sink and stove. Clean spills immediately.
- Stairs—Make sure treads, rails, and rugs are secure.
- Other precautions—Wear sturdy, rubber-soled shoes. Keep your intake of alcoholic beverages to a minimum. Ask your doctor whether any of your medications might cause you to fall.
When to Contact Your Doctor
- If you have fallen and you think you may have broken a bone or need help preventing more falls
- If you need assistance developing a healthful diet or exercise program
- If you need assistance quitting smoking or drinking
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/28/2014 -