Osteoporosis affects one in four women and one in eight men over 50 in Canada.
Every year the disease—a loss of bone mass and deterioration in bone structure that makes the hip, back, wrist, and other bones and wrist brittle—is responsible for thousands of fractures.
What can be done? A diet high in calcium and certain medications can preserve bone density, but there is also a simple, affordable remedy with virtually no adverse effects: physical exercise.
Beginning in our thirties, we all begin to lose bone mass. For women, the process accelerates at menopause. But exercise builds up bone mass and strength, lowering the lifetime risk of fracture. And exercise also develops muscles and improves balance, coordination, flexibility, and posture—all important factors in preventing the falls that cause bone fractures.