Exercise and bone strength

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks.

November is Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Let us start with learning about the risk factors.

If you say yes to any of the following statements, you could be at high risk for weak bones:
# Older than 65
# Have broken a bone after age 50
# Have a close relative with osteoporosis
# Health is “fair” or “poor”
# Smoking
# Are underweight for my height
# Have never had enough calcium
# Are a persistant alcoholic
# Have a sedentary lifestyle

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends two types of exercises to build and maintain bone density: weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises. In addition. flexibility exercises, although they do not affect bone density, may help people with osteoporosis maintain their balance and prevent muscle injury.

For more on how exercise can help people with osteoporosis, click here

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