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Tips to Keep Your Bones Healthy and Strong

US News & World Report - Health Logo By David Levine of US News & World Report - Health | Slide 2 of 13: Some risk, like your age, gender, ethnicity and family history, affect your risk for bone disease and are beyond your control. For example, the National Osteoporosis Foundation says that 1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. However, many more risk factors are well within your grasp. The NIH lists:    Diet. Physical activity. Body weight. Smoking. Alcohol. Medicines you take.

Know your risk factors.

Some risk, like your age, gender, ethnicity and family history, affect your risk for bone disease and are beyond your control. For example, the National Osteoporosis Foundation says that 1 in 2 women and up to 1 in 4 men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. However, many more risk factors are well within your grasp. The NIH lists:

  • Diet.
  • Physical activity.
  • Body weight.
  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol.
  • Medicines you take.
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