Bone Density 101

Many factors play into preventing and treating the loss of bone density. Genetics, diet, exercise and posture are primary factors in bone strength. Treatment ranges from medications, nutrition, exercise, diet and vibration therapy.

Here are a few tips to help prevent bone loss.

• Exercise. Many studies have shown increased bone strength with exercise. This can be done with weights, Pilates, yoga and more.

• Diet. Try a low-acidic diet, with more veggies and less starches. Avoid red meat, carbonated fluids and sugars, and keep citrus limited.

• Vibration boards have shown to increase bone strength.

• Posture. Keep the spine long.

• Nutritionally, Hydroxy appetite has shown promise for improving bone strength.

It is important to have our bone density checked. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends getting a bone density test for anyone in the following categories: women aged 65 or older; men aged 70 or older; anyone who breaks a bone after 50; women of menopausal age with risk factors; postmenopausal women under 65 with risk factors; or men age 50 to 69 with risk factors.

A bone density test may also be necessary if one has any of the following: a spine X-ray showing a break or bone loss in spine; back pain with a possible break in spine; height loss of ½ inch or more within one year; or total height loss of 1½ inches from original height.

Nathan S. Conlee, DC, sells Bone Builder with Boron by Metagenics—the original Hydroxy Appetite supplement. Connect at 520-322-6161
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