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Osteoporosis (What to do About it?)

By Hawkins Williams
Certified Fitness Specialist for Older Adults

Osteoporosis is a very serious disease that can affect senior citizens. Osteoporosis is characterized by excessive bone loss. To find out if you are at risk, you can have a test performed. Dual energy x-ray absorption (DEXA) is how your doctor can determine if you have osteoporosis. The supplements that you can take are calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D. It is recommended that people between the ages of 51 and 70 take 1200 mg of calcium and 400 IU of Vitamin D. Those who are 71 and older need 1200 mg of calcium and 600 IU of Vitamin D. However, you should check with your primary care physician. Strength training has also been shown to increase bone density. When your bones are stronger, you decrease the risk of breaking an arm or a leg.

Here are some of the results from strength training and increased bone density: