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Tips to reduce your risk of osteoporosis-related fractures
By ANNE BURKLEY Content That Works
What comes to mind when you think about bones? If you are like most people, you probably envision your skeleton as a static structure that supports the rest of your body. But bones are living tissue, with a blood supply, nerves and a variety of functions – from structural support to mineral storage and blood cell production.

Osteoporosis occurs when new bone tissue doesn’t replace old bone tissue fast enough and bones become weak. As people age, bone density loss is a concern, particularly for women. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 50 percent of women over the age of 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture.

How can you reduce your risk of osteoporosis-related fractures?

Building bones

“Our bones have to carry us through a lifetime,” said Dr. Lani Simpson, a chiropractor and Certified Clinical Densitometrist from Berkley, California, and author of “Dr. Lani’s No Nonsense Bone Health Guide.” Protecting them should be a lifelong process.

For healthy bones, Schneider suggests focusing on the ABCDs of bone health: activity, balance, calcium, vitamin D and drugs. Plus, eat a diet full of other nutrients essential to bone health.

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