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Staying active despite osteoporosis

There are many ways to play it safe while gaining the health benefits of exercise.

Whether it comes after a broken bone or a low bone density reading, a diagnosis of osteoporosis spurs you to rethink your relationship with exercise. Do I need to take it easy or change my current activities to avoid falls and fractures? What exercises will help protect my bones? If I haven't been very active in the past, how should I start?

One thing is clear: exercise is essential, even if you've been relatively inactive until now. You need the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D to ensure that your body has the building blocks it needs to create new bone, but bone formation also requires the mechanical stimulation that exercise provides.

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