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One prevalent reason people start to lose bone mass is because their muscles are not strong. It sounds a little silly at first, but all of the systems in your body are connected. If you exercise and keep you muscles strong, your bones are likely to stay strong as well.
Chronic Inflammation can Chip Away at Bones
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Are you constantly in pain? If your body suffers from chronic inflammation, it can cause more than just pain. In fact, inflammation around your gut can cause your body to not absorb calcium and other nutrients it needs to keep your bones strong. Inflammation in other areas can eventually lead to deterioration of the bones. To combat this, talk with your doctor about the best ways to keep inflammation down. You may be prescribed medication or you might be told to restrict your diet.
A Glass of Wine a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
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Did you know that your nightly glass of wine can actually help improve your health. Women who drink 1-2 drinks a day have been shown to have a higher bone mineral density than those who do not drink. The alcohol seems to slow down the bone turnover rate, allowing bones to grow and strengthen.
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There are medications that can help stop bone loss, and even increase bone density. These medications are extremely helpful for women going through menopause. When you buy Actonel, you are getting a medication that has been shown to help women increase their bone mass. Make sure you talk to your doctor about any medications you take.
Increase Your Calcium Intake
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Calcium helps increase bone mass. Because of this, it is important to get enough calcium each day. It is suggested that women over 50 should get about 1,200 milligrams of calcium each day. This will help stop bone loss and increase bone density. If you have good calcium intake through your life, you can keep from losing too much bone mass as you get older.
Quit Smoking Cigarettes
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If you needed another reason to kick the habit, think about your bones. In a three year long study in Brazil that was published in 2010, it was found that smoking was the leading cause of fractures and bone loss in women. There is a toxic effect that is a part of nicotine. This causes estrogen levels to lower, can make menopause come earlier, and also inhibits the bone-forming cells in the body. Smoking cigarettes can increase spontaneous bone loss, which can cause a lot of problems in the body.
Bone mass loss is detrimental to all parts of the body. If you have low bone density, work toward increasing it. For those who do not yet have problems with their bones, it is never a bad idea to look toward the future.
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