As we age, our bones become less dense and strong. More so in women.
Losing too much bone can lead to osteoporosis, which means bones are brittle and can break with little effort. There are things we can do to prevent osteoporosis or the stage leading up to it called osteopenia.
It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do or not whether you need calcium, vitamin D or other supplements, what you should be doing for exercise, or if you need to take drugs that help build new bone.
To get some solid answers, I turned to Dr. Clifford Rosen. He’s Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Clinical & Translational Research at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.
As you get older, Dr. Rosen says keeping the bones strong and healthy requires a balance that is difficult to achieve. He shares several useful pieces of advice in this recent podcast. Click on the arrow in the audio player to hear the interview. If you’d rather read rather than listen, here is the blog post I wrote: The latest research on why we lose bone as we age and what we can do about it.