Bone health is important from birth onward. Maintaining good bone density is important throughout your life. Establishing healthy bones early helps as you age to prevent excess bone loss. There are many factors that contribute to good bone health: age, family history, diet and physical activity. Weight bearing activities can help increase or maintain bone mass. It is also important to include low impact exercise into your routine. Low impact exercises help improve and maintain muscle mass and flexibility that effects your ability to balance.
- 1Bone health is impacted by many factors – some of which cannot be controlled (e.g., age, family history) as well as factors that can be modified, including diet and physical activity.
- 2The Surgeon General’s Report points out that, unfortunately, many Americans do not exercise enough nor consume enough calcium and vitamin D to optimize bone health
- 3Focusing on bone early in life is key because up to 90% of peak bone mass is reached by 18 years of age in females and 20 years of age in males
At any age, the amount and quality of a person’s skeleton reflect everything that has happened to it from uterine existence through the years of growth into young adult life when the maximum investment in bone is achieved and later when progressive loss of bone often predominates.
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