Increase Bone Density

Written by Jenni Wiltz
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A great way to combat calcium osteoporosis is to increase bone density. Many people think that once you reach puberty and your bones stop growing, they stay the same in terms of thickness and diameter until you die. This is a fallacy--there are several different ways you can increase bone density to lessen your risk of osteoporosis.

Combining hormone replacement therapy with different types of exercise (cardio and aerobic style exercise, combined with strength/weight training) has been shown to positively affect bone density in women. You need the proper amounts of zinc, magnesium, and calcium to maintain the density of your bones; however, exercise and hormone therapy can help reverse the effects of aging on your thinning bones. Osteoporosis is a very common condition in women past childbearing age; as many as one-third of American women in this age group have osteoporosis.

Why It Pays to Increase Bone Density Now

If you are a woman under the age of fifty, you may wonder why you should be concerned about the density of your bones. It's important to try and solve bone problems before you reach an age where further complications can easily develop. It's never too early (or too late) to begin caring properly for your bones.

Some research shows that the better a teenage girl cares for her bones, the less likely she will be to develop osteoporosis later in life. The choices you make now can affect your health years from now. Don't make the mistake of thinking it's too early to pay attention to common health risks for a different age group--you may be able to prevent yourself from becoming a statistic!

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