Breast Cancer and Osteoporosis
Women who have had breast cancer treatment may be at increased risk for osteoporosis and fracture. Estrogen has a protective effect on bone, and reduced levels of the hormone trigger bone loss. Several strategies can reduce one’s risk for osteoporosis or lessen the effects of the disease in women who have already been diagnosed.
Exercise: Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Regular exercise, such as walking and weight-bearing exercise, may help prevent bone loss and will provide many other health benefits.
Nutrition: For good bone health, a well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is important. Include low-fat dairy products; dark green, leafy vegetables; and calcium-fortified foods and beverages.