A broken hip from osteoporosis can send you to an early grave. As you age, avoid the things that weaken the calcium in your bones. Some of the biggest offenders are nicotine, caffeine, and excessive alcohol, sugar, and salt.
Caffeinated soft drinks are also very high in phosphorus, which actually removes calcium from your bones. Prescription drugs can do the same, including steroids, and thyroid medication. If you must take steroids and thyroid medication, make sure your doctor closely monitors your bone health. Weight-bearing exercise, exposure to a healthy amount of sun, and eating a diet rich in dark levy greens, beans, and legumes will help you prevent osteoporosis.