Bone & Muscle Health

Bone & Muscle Health Articles

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 »

Keep your shoulders strong to stay independent

In older age, the shoulders become vulnerable to health problems and pain that may curtail activity. Fortunately, most older adults can reduce pain and improve shoulder strength without surgery. Therapy typically focuses on three keys to restoring shoulder health: improving posture, strengthening the muscles that support the shoulder, and stretching. Posture exercises aim to reverse forward-shoulder positions. Strengthening focuses on the rotator cuff muscles and the shoulder blade muscles. The muscles that must be stretched for shoulder health are in the front of the body and on top of the shoulders. (Locked) More »

Should you be tested for weak bones?

Bone health is a legitimate concern for both men and women, but low bone strength (osteoporosis) affects men to a lesser degree and later in life. Men with clear risk factors for osteoporosis should have a test called dual x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). (Locked) More »