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Can weight-bearing exercises help prevent osteoporosis?

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Yes. Just like your muscles, your bones need to be worked regularly to stay strong. Studies show that young women who participate in athletics have the highest bone density. They also show that postmenopausal women who take part in regular exercise can prevent or reverse bone loss by almost 1% a year.

From: Types of Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

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Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions" and  "Osteoporosis in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 20, 2017

SOURCES:

Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions" and  "Osteoporosis in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 20, 2017

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