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Osteoporosis

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.
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