4 ways to protect your bones
No matter your age or the current state of your bones, there’s good news: Taking these steps starting today can keep fractures at bay and set you up for a lifetime of fun without limits!
- Get plenty of calcium and vitamin D (see how much of these nutrients you need here).
- Do weight-bearing exercises, such as walking or running, and resistance exercises, such as lifting weights or using elastic exercise bands. Exercise builds muscle strength and improves coordination to help prevent falls. (Check out our exercise slide show for some great new moves you can try.)
- Get a DXA scan by the time you turn 65, or earlier if you hit menopause early. The scan helps determine your risk for osteoporosis and whether you may require medication to keep your bones strong. These tests are done with a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry machine that measures your bone mass. (Learn more about DXA scans).
- Ask your doctor if osteoporosis medicine is right for you. If one type of treatment isn’t doing enough to protect your bones, don’t give up hope! There are plenty of osteoporosis treatment options you can try.