New Research: Boost Bone Strength

Roughly half of women and a quarter of men older than the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis—here’s what you can do now to maintain and protect your bones as you age.

KNOW YOUR RISK FACTORS: Know your risk factors: Age, gender, lifestyle, medical and family history, and current medications all play a role.

BE ACTIVE: Regular weight-lifting and muscle-strengthening exercises promote bone health.

EAT UP: Choose fruits, vegetables, and foods packed with calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, and healthy fats.

GET A BONE DENSITY TEST: Your doctor can give you the painless, 10-minute test to predict your risk of breaking a bone.

LIMIT YOUR VICES: Don’t smoke, and don’t drink more than two drinks per day.

Did you know? More women are at risk for osteoporosis than for heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer combined.

2 million: The number of broken bones caused each year by osteoporosis—but most patients get their fractures fixed without even knowing they have the bone-weakening disease.

Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation