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Can exercise help protect your bones?

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Yes. Ask your doctor to help you make an exercise plan. Weight-bearing exercises stimulate the cells that make new bone. By increasing weight-bearing exercises, you encourage your body to form more bone. This can delay or even reverse the destructive process of osteoporosis that results in fractures. By adding strength training to your exercise routine, you improve your muscle strength and flexibility and reduce the likelihood of falling. .

From: Causes of Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

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National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

National Institute of Aging: "Osteoporosis: Risk Factors and Prevention."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

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National Osteoporosis Foundation: "A debilitating disease that can be prevented and treated."

National Osteoporosis Association: "Osteoporosis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief."

National Institute of Aging: "Osteoporosis: Risk Factors and Prevention."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

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