Healthy Bones, Joints & Muscles
- Q What can I do to promote healthy bones?
Elizabeth Casparro, Nutrition & DieteticsThere are 2 main things that can promote bone health: exercise and diet. Weight-bearing exercises specifically have been shown to promote bone density. These exercises include walking, running, weight-lifting and anything else that would be putting... Full Answer
- Q How effective is hormone therapy in protecting my bones?
Dr. David Slovik, Endocrinology, Diabetes & MetabolismMany studies have demonstrated that hormone therapy can hamper bone loss and boost bone density. The Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Interventions (PEPI) trial found that women on hormone therapies gained bone density. Over a three-year period,... Full Answer
- Q Does bone mass decline rapidly after age 30?
Dr. Kelly Traver, Internal MedicineAfter age 30, for both men and women, bone mass undergoes a very slow, steady decline. Both estrogen and testosterone are important for maintaining bone mass. In women, bone mass takes a big drop in the years surrounding menopause, but then it levels off... Full Answer
- Q Why is resistance training good for your joints?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineResistance training not only strengthens your muscles and bones and helps you burn fat, but it also helps your joints, as well. In addition to reducing the weight your ankles, knees, and hips carry (every pound less you weigh your knee and ankle joints... Full Answer
- Q Why are knee joints so vulnerable to breakdown with aging?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineThe meniscus - cartilage that's especially vulnerable to injury - works as a key shock absorber in the knee. Your knees each have two shock absorbers that form the shape of the C - called the medial and lateral menisci. They should be plump like grapes,... Full Answer