Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

Knee buckling raises the risk of falls

Knee buckling is common in people with knee pain and knee osteoarthritis and raises the risk of falls and injuries. Strengthening the quadriceps muscles and doing balance exercises may help improve knee stability and reduce buckling.  More »

The pain of strains, sprains, and cramps

Strains, sprains, and cramps are the most common injuries of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. However, appropriate treatment and preventive measures can speed recovery and keep injuries from recurring.  (Locked) More »

Yoga: Another way to prevent osteoporosis?

A 12-minute routine, involving holding each of 12 yoga poses for 30 seconds, done at least three times a week for two years, increased bone density in a small study of postmenopausal women with low bone density. More »

Muscle problems caused by statins: Can a genetic test reveal your risk?

A mail-order genetic test claims it can identify people at risk of developing muscle pain from taking a cholesterol-lowering statin. Using genetic material from a saliva sample, the test looks for gene variants that affect how statins are transported into the liver. About 25% of people have one of two copies of this variant. But the results apply only to a rare form of statin-induced muscle pain that affects about one in 1,000 people.  (Locked) More »

Preserve your muscle mass

While most men will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their lifetime, it is possible to rebuild and maintain muscle with a progressive resistance training program and a higher-protein diet. More »

Do you need a drug for osteoporosis?

Recent evidence indicates that the use of bone-building drugs is responsible for a decline in hip fractures. They are now available as tablets, injections, and infusions. You can choose one based on your health profile and lifestyle.  (Locked) More »

Calcium supplements for bone health: Do you really need them?

Dietary guidelines recommend a relatively large amount of daily calcium—1,000 to 1,200 milligrams per day—to prevent bone fractures. It can be difficult to get that much without taking a supplement. Recent science has called the high recommended daily intake into question. Common calcium-rich foods can provide most of men’s daily needs. (Locked) More »