What Are the Best Exercises for Osteoporosis?

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Which exercises are best for people with osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by loss of bone that increases the risk of fracture, particularly in the wrist, spine, and hip. More than 10 million adults in America have osteoporosis, and 43 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, putting them at increased risk for the disease. Eight million of the 10 million people who have osteoporosis are women. Exercise can have a positive effect on bone mineral density and the strength of bone, but it is a complicated relationship because of many factors including genetics, age, gender, hormone and menopause status, activity level, and nutrient deficiencies. Age applies to everyone when it comes to the effect of exercise on building bone strength, and so I will review some of the age-related differences and then let you know what the guidelines are.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/4/2017

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