The nature of healthy bones
Building bone at any age
by Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD
It’s never too late to strengthen your bones. The author of Better Bones, Better Body explains what you can do now to help prevent osteoporosis later.
(Adapted from an article published in Let’s Live magazine, October 2000.)
Bone health is our birthright. Yet, today in the US, 10 million individuals already have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone density, placing them at risk for the disease. In this country, 1.5 million osteoporotic fractures occur each year, 20% being potentially devastating hip fractures. Half of all American Caucasian women aged 50 and older in the United States and one out of eight men over 50 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture, the direct costs of which now reach 10-15 billion dollars a year.
How do we go about reclaiming lifelong bone health? At the Better Bones Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Syracuse, NY, that aims to rethink osteoporosis from an anthropological perspective, we implement a comprehensive Women's Health Network Better Bones Package® at each stage of life. Although many people may think of osteoporosis as an old woman’s disease, bone health is important to both sexes and all age groups.
Here are just a few ways you can build better bones at any age. Most of these recommendations apply to both genders, with some additional highlights for each:
The Better Bones Package: the approach I recommend for naturally strong bones.
At the Center for Better Bones we promote an all-natural approach to bone regeneration
and repair that includes nutrition, diet, exercise, lifestyle guidance, and support.
The Better Bones Package is a convenient,
at-home version of this approach that was developed with Women's Health Network, one of America's premiere on-line women's
health websites. Working together, we've developed the most comprehensive approach
to bones health available today, and based on the 25 years of Dr. Brown's leading-edge
research in the field.
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Original Publication Date: 04/01/2001
Last Modified: 10/24/2013
Principal Author: Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD