Tips for Bone Health

October 6, 2017 in STSMPT

Bone Health Awareness Week starts next week. Many of our patients come in with aching bone and joint problems. As with most conditions, prevention is key. Below, are some tips for healthier bones.

Getting enough calcium in your diet is an important step for bone health. The National Institutes of Health recommends getting 1,000 mg of calcium a day if you are over 19. The recommendation goes to 1,200 a day if you are a woman over 51. It’s also important to get enough vitamin D, as it helps the body absorb calcium.

Just as exercise helps strengthen muscles, exercise also helps strengthen our bones. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, running, and weight lifting are great for bone strength. Just be sure to contact us first if there is any question about your readiness for a particular exercise regimen.

Another factor that can interfere with bone health is tobacco use. Whether through cigarettes or chewing tobacco, the use of it will weaken bones over time according to the National Institutes of Health. This is especially true in women who smoke.

If you are having unexplained aches and pains, schedule an appointment with us. We will go through a thorough assessment with you and plan a regimen to help address your concerns.

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