Features July 2010 Issue

Managing Age-Related Bone Loss

Get the right nutrients, and do the right exercises, to keep your bones stronger longer.

Although bone loss is a normal part of aging, a number of other risk factors help determine how much bone you lose, when, and whether you go on to develop the bone-thinning disease, osteoporosis. You canít do much about certain risk factors, such as genes, family history, and gender (women are more prone to osteoporosis than men). But by reducing other risks through lifestyle changes, you can keep your bones stronger longer, according to Andrea Dunn, RD, LD, CDE, a dietitian in the Nutrition Therapy Section of Cleveland Clinicís Digestive Disease Institute.

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