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If you have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis, talk to your doctor. Ask about strategies to improve bone strength and prevent age-related bone loss. Strategies may include:

  • Weight-bearing exercise

  • Calcium and vitamin D supplements

  • Preventive or therapeutic medications

Protective gear can help to prevent arm fractures. Examples include wrist and elbow guards worn by skateboarders and rollerbladers.

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