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You may not always be able to prevent compression fractures. To reduce your risk of a compression fracture from osteoporosis, you should:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol excessively.
  • Eat a healthy diet and get enough vitamin D and calcium, which strengthen bones.
  • Quit smoking and using other tobacco products, since nicotine weakens bones and causes cancer.
  • See your provider for regular checkups, and take medications as prescribed to slow bone loss if you’re at risk of osteoporosis.


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