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Tips for Strengthening Bones

By Jennifer B. Buckley

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Donít be under a normal body weight. Certain studies indicate that thinner women have an increased chance of hip and other bone fractures. Also, thin women may have diets lower in dairy products, which contain calcium and insufficient amounts can lead to fragile bones.

Get a heel measurement. Bone-scanning devices like the peripheral instantaneous X-ray imager, measure bone mass using low-dose radiation to measure bone density. According to David J. Satoris, MD, director of bone densitometry at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, women should receive a baseline scan as early as age 21 and all women over age 65 should be tested.

Give your hormones a boost. Estrogen therapy has been widely used to treat osteoporosis after menopause. There is however, a link to cancer from estrogen use. Calcitonin therapy is another common option but it is either injected or inhaled which isnít appealing to some women, but itís effective.

Although there is nothing a woman can do to relive her 20ís and take measures to build stronger bones, most of the other options are achievable and can dramatically improve a womanís chance of avoiding bone fragility.


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