Some preventive tips
(HealthDayNews) -- Post-menopausal women, and men with low testosterone, are most at risk for osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become brittle and weak.
The Osteoporosis Society of Canada offers these preventive tips for over-50-year-olds:
- Include 1,500 milligrams of dietary calcium and 800 international units of vitamin D in your daily diet.
- Do weight-bearing exercises -- like walking, jogging, dancing or aerobics -- at least three times a week.
- Add resistance training to your workout routine: lift free weights, use weight-training machines, play racquet or impact sports.
- Practice proper lifting techniques -- bend from your knees, not your back.
- Have an annual physical exam and ask your doctor to order a bone density test.