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5 Things: That Affect Your Bone Density


Taking calcium supplements might not help maintain bone density in the areas where frequent fractures occur (the head of the thigh bone or the vertebrae). Bummer. I just found this out and wanted to share with you 5 things that do affect your bone density.

  1. Drinking more than three colas per week can decrease bone density.
  2. Drinking more than one alcoholic drink a day also affects bone density negatively.
  3. Gender - women are 4 times as likely as men to lose bone density and develop osteoporosis. Can't change that one, but good to be informed about your bones.
  4. Age - around the mid 30s we begin to lose bone strength. You build bones until about 20 years of age and generally maintain that density for 15 years or so.
  5. Weight training!!! Lifting weights helps to strengthen bones as well as muscles. Another reason to add strength training into your routine.
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