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Bone Health: Myths & Facts

Bone Health: Myths & Facts

Bone health is often taken for granted until a bone is broken, or you are diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Here are some most common myths about bone:

Myth: Once bones are fully developed, they stop changing.

Fact: The human skeleton undergoes constant remodeling. A healthy bone maintains a tight balance between bone formation and resorption, so that the amount of bone at any time is usually "just right."

Myth: If you have osteoporosis, you shouldn't exercise because you might fall and break a bone.

Fact: If you already have osteoporosis, check with doctor before starting any exercise regimen. There are exercises that can strengthen muscles and improve balance, reducing your risk of falling.

Myth: Osteoporosis is an old lady's disease.

Fact: Women in their twenties and thirties can get osteoporosis. Bone loss in women can begin as early as age 25. Bone loss occurs silently & progressively.

Myth: Lots of milk builds strong bones.

Fact: An excess intake of meats, dairy (including milk) and eggs makes blood acidic drawing calcium from bones, leading to Osteoporosis. For good bone health have 1 to 2 servings of such foods, along with alkaline foods (fruits & vegetables), & exercise regularly.

Did you know?

Stirrup bone (smallest bone in the ear) is the size of half a grain of rice.