You Don’t Drink Milk
Milk is considered vital for bone growth and support, but if you don’t drink cow’s milk—due to allergy or intolerance—you can still find valuable sources of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D in glass form. Just add soy, almond, or rice milk fortified with calcium, vitamin D, and other bone-building minerals to your coffee, tea, cereal, or wherever else you’d use milk. You can also get calcium from other dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Again, if you’re not a fan of dairy or have an intolerance, there are plenty of non-dairy foods that are rich in calcium.
For more information, check out our article on the Signs and Symptoms of a Calcium Deficiency.
You’ve Had an Eating Disorder
We’ve already established that small, fine-framed women are prone to osteopenia. However, research out of Columbia University’s Endocrinology department suggest that if you’ve suffered with bulimia or anorexia, the associated low body weight, nutritional deficiencies, decreased estrogen levels, and missed periods osteoporosis can strip your bones of vital nutrients and strength.
You Take Prescription Corticosteroids
If your doctor has prescribed prednisone or another cortisone medication to treat an autoimmune condition—such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis—you may risk osteopenia and osteoporosis much sooner. Cortisone-type medications tend to leach calcium, vitamin D, and estrogen from bones if you take them over a long duration. This is particularly damaging for women taking these medications.