Exercise can help you keep your bones strong

Running, jumping, and other weight-bearing exercises stimulate your bones and make them stronger.

If you've gone through menopause, your bones probably aren't as strong as they used to be.

"Around the time of menopause, there is accelerated bone loss in women as the ovaries stop producing estrogen," says Dr. Meryl S. LeBoff, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. This bone loss usually continues as you age, leading in some cases to either of two conditions: osteoporosis (a significant loss of bone density), or the less severe osteopenia (low bone mass). Together, these conditions affect 43.4 million Americans. Either can cause the bones to become brittle and break easily.

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