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.