Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Health Tip: Build Healthy Bones

(HealthDay News) - Osteoporosis doesn't have to be an inevitable part of aging -- if you begin practicing healthy habits when you're young.

Here are some facts about osteoporosis, and suggestions to help prevent brittle bones, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
  • Women who are or have been pregnant, who are breast-feeding, or who have had a hysterectomy are more likely to lose bone mass, putting them at higher risk of osteoporosis.
  • Women who are menopausal or postmenopausal produce less estrogen than before, which weakens bones.
  • Ideally, weight-bearing exercises should begin during the teen years, when the bones grow rapidly.
  • It's never too late to start protecting your bones, which may continue to grow throughout your 20s, and even into your early 30s.
  • Avoid smoking and excess alcohol, which weaken bones.

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