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How does exercise help build and maintain strong bones and prevent falls?

How does exercise help build and maintain strong bones and prevent falls?

Many ways: Studies show that weight bearing exercising like walking help with maintaining bone density. Exercises that do not have some weight bearing do not do as well with bone density. In general people who remain physically fit generally have better balance however certain exercises like tai chi and yoga have been shown to help with balance. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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How can vitamin d help to maintain strong bones helping to prevent the development of osteoporosis?

How can vitamin d help to maintain strong bones helping to prevent the development of osteoporosis?

More calcium to bone: Vitamin D improves the absorption of calcium from diet and help the body to place more of the needed Calcium in your bones ...Read more

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What is the role of exercise in maintaining bone health?

What is the role of exercise in maintaining bone health?

Improves bone mass: Regular weight bearing exercise such as jumping, running, aerobics helps strengthen bones which protects against osteoporosis. Weight training can help as well you are in a negative bone loss after 30, so exercise helps, taking vitamin d, eating calcium rich foods such as dark greens, broccoli, almonds and dairy can help, decreasing caffeine also helps maintain bone mass. ...Read more

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How much exercise do I need to maintain bone strength at 55?

How much exercise do I need to maintain bone strength at 55?

Resistance/Gravity: To improve bone strenght, do resistance exercise and gravity based, or impact exercise(walking, jogging, calisthenics).This is the way at any age. ...Read more

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Too young to have osteoporosis? Obviously making sure you are building strong bones is important at any age, but at what age does one really start to watch for signs of osteoporosis? And although I am young now, what can I do to prevent it? Is it possible

Too young to have osteoporosis? Obviously making sure you are building strong bones is important at any age, but at what age does one really start to watch for signs of osteoporosis? And although I am young now, what can I do to prevent it? Is it possible

Peak : Peak bone density occurs for most women in their 20's - 30's and can begin to decline after that. The best way to maintain bone density even at a young age is to continue weight bearing exercise...Walking, jogging, etc. And get enough calcium and vitamin d in your diet. At least 1200 mg of calcium and 1000 iu of vitamin are recommended to maintain healthy bones. There may be some genetic factors at work in the development of osteoporosis as well, but dietary calcium and exercise are the best defense. ...Read more

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In what way can I replace calcium supplements to maintain strong bones and teeth if i don't drink milk very much?

In what way can I replace calcium supplements to maintain strong bones and teeth if i don't drink milk very much?

Yes and no: Yes for bones, no for teeth. Discuss this issue with your own physician regarding need and amount. Once teeth are formed and erupted, calcium supplements have absolutely no effect on tooth enamel and strength. ...Read more

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A study showed that n saids or any anti inflammatories inhibit, or prevent bone growth. Is this true?

A study showed that n saids or any anti inflammatories inhibit, or prevent bone growth. Is this true?

They can: Inflammation usually occurs as a result of diseases or toxic overload in the body. Inhibiting that process can help make people more comfortable, but there can be a downside because the mechanisms the body uses to create inflammation are also involved in healing and growth. That's why it is important to limit NSAID use to the acute phase of health problems, usually no longer than a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more