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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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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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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 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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What is the best way to build or maintain bone health at 55?

What is the best way to build or maintain bone health at 55?

Diet/exericse/meds: It depends on where you are. If you have normal bones, then exercise, calcium from food such as dark greens, almonds, broccoli with some supplementation, vitamin d along with weight bearing activity such as running, jumping, aerobics and weight training can help. If you have some bone loss, hormone replacement and fosamax/boniva like drugs may be needed if you are a candidate. ...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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How do vitamins and minerals work together to maintain bone health if 65 and healthy?

How do vitamins and minerals work together to maintain bone health if 65 and healthy?

Calcium/ Vitamin D: Calcium and vitamin d work together. Vitamin d enhances intestinal absorption of calcium. So if you are deficient in vitamin d, then the calcium being consumed will not be absorbed correctly. ...Read more

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I have heard that "standing frames" - devices that move paraplegics to a standing position - help maintain bone density due to the weight-bearing aspect. Have any of you had actual experience with these? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

Bone: I have been involved in "bone" since 1974 and have published about 130 articles. I will need to know what problems you have with your legs - . can you stand on them?. can you get in and out of a bath or shower? There are many more potential issues, the most important being your ability to stand and walk. Please send me more information! ...Read more

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How do vitamins and minerals interact to maintain bone health?

How do vitamins and minerals interact to maintain bone health?

Many ways: In many ways but a key one is bones are made of minerals (calcium, magnesium etc.) & collagen; vitamins are essential to absorb minerals & build collagen. We can't absorb calcium without vit. D &a. Vit. K directs calcium to our bones (instead of arteries/soft tissues). Vit c supports collagen production. See osteoporosis-treatment. ...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