Can Your Bones Last a Lifetime: Osteoporosis is Not a Natural Consequence of Aging

From the March 2005 edition of Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Times:

Just as with heart disease, a great many Americans expect osteoporosis to occur as a natural consequence of aging. There is nothing natural about having a heart attack. Neither is it natural to break a few bones from coughing, hugging, or bending over. It certainly is not natural for your spine to collapse, creating pain and loss of your health, and it is not natural for your back to become painful, rounded, and humped for the rest of your life. It is not natural to grow so weak and frail that you fall and suffer a hip fracture.

Unfortunately, natural or not, more than 300,000 hip fractures occur each year, and more than 10 million American women suffer from osteoporosis. The lifetime risk of a hip, spine, or forearm fracture is nearly 40 percent among 50-year-old Caucasian women and more than 13 percent among Caucasian men.

Osteoporosis happens because of a combination of nutritional factors that accelerate calcium loss in the urine, low stores of vitamin D, and lack of weight-bearing exercises and core body strength.

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