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When Exercise Can Be Bad for Bones

Interestingly, mounting evidence shows that too much exercise can result in bone disorders. The hormonal imbalances that result from intense training can lead to decreased bone mass and low bone mass known as osteopenia. These imbalances can even lead to broken bones. This can be a problem for some young female athletes. Maintaining a balance of exercise and recovery is crucial to keeping osteoporosis at bay.

What Else Can I Do for Bone Health?

Ask your health care provider how frequently you need to have a bone density test. Talk about lifestyle measures you can take -- such as changing your diet -- to prevent further bone loss. In addition, ask about medications to see if they might be causing bone loss. You should also ask if osteoporosis drugs might help you.

There is no need to suffer from a fracture. That’s why it’s important to start today to strengthen your bones and protect them from further bone loss. Be sure to ask your health care provider specific questions about the health of your bones. Then follow his or her recommendations for preventing the effects of osteoporosis.

For in depth information, see WebMD’s Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Osteoporosis.

What if I've Already Broken a Bone?

If you have already had a broken bone that wasn’t related to trauma, it is very important that you talk with your health care provider about prevention steps. Your first fracture may actually have a positive effect if it causes you to recognize the problem and to take action to strengthen your bones.

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on April 21, 2015
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