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Bone Health: Tips To Keep Your Bones Healthy

Bones play many roles in the body — providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium. While it's important to build strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too.

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 bone mass 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 the time you reach age 30 and how rapidly you lose it after that. 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. 

A number of factors can affect bone health. For example:

  • The amount of calcium in your diet. A diet low in calcium contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures.
  • Physical activity. People who are physically inactive have a higher risk of osteoporosis than do their more-active counterparts.
  • Tobacco and alcohol use. Research suggests that tobacco use contributes to weak bones. Similarly, regularly having more than one alcoholic drink a day for women or two alcoholic drinks a day for men may increase the risk of osteoporosis. Continue reading from Mayo Clinic

From the Collection

Link to Your Bones : How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life—Naturally by Lara Pizzorno in the catalog
Link to The complete book of bone health by Diane L. Schneider in the catalog
Link to Mayo Clinic Guide to Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis by Bart L. Clarke in the catalog
Link to Beat Osteoporosis with Exercise by Karl Knopf in Freading
Link to The bone density diet : 6 weeks to a strong body and mind by George J. Kessler, with Colleen the catalog
Link to Yoga for healthy bones : a woman's guide by Linda Sparrowe in the catalog

Link to the Health & Wellness Resource Guide Series Homepage