Keep Your Bones Healthy

October 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Bones provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles and store calcium. While it’s particularly important to take steps to build strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too.

Why Bone Health is Important

Your bones are continuously changing – new bone is made and old bone is broken down. When you’re young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone and your bone mass increases. Most people reach their peak bone mass around age 30.

After that, bone remodeling continues, but you lose slightly more than you gain. How likely you are to develop osteoporosis – a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle – depends on how much bone mass you attain by age 30 and how rapidly you lose it later. The higher your peak bone mass, the more bone you have “in the bank” and the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age.

What Affects Bone Health?

A number of factors can affect bone health – some modifiable and some not, including:

  • The amount of calcium in your diet
  • Physical activity level
  • Tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Being a woman
  • Race
  • Frame size
  • Family history
  • Hormone levels
  • Use of certain medications


Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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