Best ways to keep your bones healthy and strong

Published: September, 2014

Fight back against declining bone density with calcium, vitamin D, and weight-bearing activity.

Disabling fractures of the hip and spine are often the result of osteoporosis, so keeping bones healthy in older age is crucial to protecting mobility and independence. But it takes more than the occasional glass of milk to do the job. "Most people don't really know all they need to do to keep their bones healthy. Increasing awareness is a huge step forward," says Dr. Marcy Bolster, who specializes in treating osteoporosis at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. She recommends the following to help protect bone health.

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