Health Tips: Keeping Your Bones Strong

We know foods high in sugar and unhealthy fats cause obesity and promote heart disease, but most people don’t realize that sugar and unhealthy fats also contribute to conditions like osteoporosis by weakening bones. If this trend continues, this overlooked “silent robber” will cripple large numbers of at-risk baby boomers.

While this high-fat, high-sugar diet trend and the subsequent risk of osteoporosis are climbing frighteningly fast, there’s hope, says Ron Zernicke, dean of University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology. The medical community and the public can reverse this trend by confronting the problem head-on and immediately, through diet, exercise, and—in some cases—medication.