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How can you keep your bones strong as you age?

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You can keep your bones stronger if you:

  • Eat lots of fruits, veggies, and foods high in calcium.
  • Ask your doctor if you need a vitamin D supplement. Older bodies absorb less of it from the sun.
  • Lift weights or do exercises that use your own body weight (walking, pushups, squats).
  • Quit smoking and avoid too much alcohol (more than two or three drinks a day).

SOURCES:

CDC: "What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older,” "Flu Symptoms & Complications,” "Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older,” “Depression in the U.S. Household Population, 2009-2012,” “Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older.”

Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics : "Health consequences of obesity in the elderly.”

American Heart Association: "About Metabolic Syndrome.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Bone Health Basics: Get the Facts.”

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Why Does Cancer Risk Increase As We Get Older?”

National Institutes of Health: "Age-Related Eye Diseases,” "Age-Related Hearing Loss.”

Wake Forest Baptist Health: "Age-Related Heart Disease.”

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry : “Exergames for Subsyndromal Depression in Older Adults: A Pilot Study of a Novel Intervention.”

BioMed Central : “Does treatment of subsyndromal depression improve depression and diabetes related outcomes: protocol for a randomised controlled comparison of psycho-education, physical exercise and treatment as usual.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 24, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "What You Should Know and Do this Flu Season If You Are 65 Years and Older,” "Flu Symptoms & Complications,” "Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older,” “Depression in the U.S. Household Population, 2009-2012,” “Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older.”

Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics : "Health consequences of obesity in the elderly.”

American Heart Association: "About Metabolic Syndrome.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Bone Health Basics: Get the Facts.”

Dana Farber Cancer Institute: "Why Does Cancer Risk Increase As We Get Older?”

National Institutes of Health: "Age-Related Eye Diseases,” "Age-Related Hearing Loss.”

Wake Forest Baptist Health: "Age-Related Heart Disease.”

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry : “Exergames for Subsyndromal Depression in Older Adults: A Pilot Study of a Novel Intervention.”

BioMed Central : “Does treatment of subsyndromal depression improve depression and diabetes related outcomes: protocol for a randomised controlled comparison of psycho-education, physical exercise and treatment as usual.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 24, 2018

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