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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.
Join The Conversation
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
I haven't drank soda or alcohol for months now! so this is cool to know!
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
Yeah, I know my friend is an X-Ray Tech. Age is a big factor, too.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I just started lifting weights again, but am embarrassed to admit how much soda I drink. I should really cut down!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I love lifting weights even more for that reason. I wish I knew about the benefits from them years ago when I started taking exercise more seriously. I've been weight lifting since last July and I love the new changes I have seen and felt in my body. And if it works beyond the muscles and into my bones, it's even better :-)
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