Bone Loss Lifestyle

Preventing bone loss doesn't have to be difficult. Cut these habits to increase your bone density.
By Craig Gustafson

Pharmaceuticals: Medications can rob your system of nutrients and cause unexpected side effects. Watch out for bisphosphonates! They preserve bone, but halt bone remodeling and have potentially dangerous side effects.

Stress: High cortisol significantly increases your chances for fractures.

Smoking: A three-pronged whammy of bone-busting badness, smoking stimulates bone deconstruction, kills off bone-building cells, and increases cortisol, which is known to damage bones.

Drinking: More than 2 drinks a day causes rapid decline in bone health.

Sugar and Soda : Sugar, refined carbohydrates, and carbonated beverages contribute to an acidic system that leaches calcium from your bones.