If you want to stand up tall when you’re old, you might want to start when you’re young. While osteoporosis, or thinning of bone density, usually hits most women after they have gone through menopause, there are steps they can take in their early years to lessen just how much bone they eventually lose.
The most important factor in bone health is genetics, according to Dr. Roberto Pacifici.
But after that, Pacifici says, young women need to make sure their estrogen production levels are normal, first by making sure they are having normal menstrual periods, which is usually achieved by proper nutrition. Second, by avoiding certain medications that inhibit estrogen production, such as steroids and cortisone.