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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 injuries.

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