Conquering Fear of Falling
Stop the Drop
Boost Your Bone Strength
"Today we have a nice array of ways to make bones
stronger," says Vandenberg. He recommends:
- Getting enough calcium (1,500 milligrams for women; 1,200 for men) and
vitamin D (800 units) every day.
- Estrogen replacement for most women, based on other health factors. Ask
your doctor about this.
- Weight-bearing exercise.
- Bone-building medication, calcitonin, and bisphosphonates for anyone losing
bone density. Ask your doctor about this one, too.
Clearly, it requires effort to reduce environmental risks and
take charge of your physical condition. But these self-defense strategies give
you a measure of control in lowering your risk for falling and falling