Weight-bearing exercises, started in your youth and
continued throughout your life, can help prevent
osteoporosis. These exercises, such as walking,
jogging, climbing, dancing, or lifting weights, help you build strong bones as
a young person. And they help you maintain your bone thickness (density) as an
adult. But if you stop exercising, your bones will begin to thin.
these exercises at any age will help prevent bone loss. It is best to do
weight-bearing exercise for at least 2½ hours a week. One way to do this is to
be active 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. In addition to
weight-bearing exercise, experts recommend that you do resistance exercises at
least 2 days a week.
The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that 10 million people in the U.S. have osteoporosis and nearly 34 million more have osteopenia, which puts them at greater risk for osteoporosis.
Bone mineral density
(BMD) is related to bone strength. BMD testing is used to diagnose osteoporosis. BMD is measured with a test called a DXA scan. By measuring BMD, doctors can predict the risk of having a bone fracture.
A bone density scan, or test, should not be confused with a...