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How much do you know about keeping your bones strong to help prevent osteoporosis? Find out with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking beer is good for your bones.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Beer is a good dietary source of silicon, if you drink it in moderation. Silicon stimulates collagen production -- an important protein that makes bones strong and joint cartilage flexible.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Spending how much time daily in the sun is recommended for building strong bones?

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The correct answer is: Spending just 20 minutes a day in the sunshine -- without sunscreen -- during the summer months should provide enough vitamin D to last you through the year.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

At what age do people reach their peak bone mass?

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The correct answer is: Most people reach peak bone mass (the point at which they have as much bone as they will ever have) between ages 25 and 30. The greater your peak bone mass, the more protection your bones will have as you get older.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following should you avoid to keep your bones healthy?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Processed foods tend to be too high in phosphorus, which can decrease bone density. Sugary and artificially sweetened drinks and caffeine can rob your body of minerals needed for healthy bones.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you drink plenty of milk, you have strong bones.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Having strong bones is about much more than just calcium, it's also about eating enough fruits and veggies, being active, maintaining a healthy weight, and living in moderation when it comes to protein, caffeine, sodium and alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, there are some risk factors for osteoporosis that are uncontrollable, such as age, being female, menopause and family history.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What gives prunes their bone-strengthening benefits?

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The correct answer is: Prunes, or dried plums, are filled with compounds called polyphenols that re-balance your bone-building cycle. Just don't go on a prune-popping binge. They may be full of polyphenols and fiber, but, like all dried fruit, they're high in sugar.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What kind of diet is best for bone health?

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The correct answer is: Opt for a colorful diet of fruits and vegetables, which are bursting with antioxidants called carotenoids. A four-year study found that older adults with the highest intakes of carotenoids retained more bone mineral density than those eating fewer fruits and veggies.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Calcium cannot be absorbed into your body without what other vitamin?

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The correct answer is: While calcium is extremely important for your bones and teeth, you also need adequate amounts of vitamin D, which helps your body absorb the calcium.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following should you make sure you eat to build strong bones?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Salmon is a good source of vitamin D and B12. Leafy greens like spinach provide magnesium and vitamin K, two important helpers when it comes to building bone. Bananas are one of the best sources of potassium around. And studies have found that potassium lovers have stronger skeletons.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of the following exercises is best for strengthening your bones?

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The correct answer is: Any exercise that is weight-bearing (done standing up) can help prevent or slow bone loss and may even modestly increase bone density. This includes walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing and tennis. Swimming is not weight-bearing, and riding a bike is only partially weight-bearing. Aim for 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise a day.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What is the recommended daily allowance for calcium in women?

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The correct answer is: According to the Institute of Medicine, the RDA of calcium in women between ages 19 and 50 is 1,000 milligrams/day; women ages 51+ years require 1200 milligrams/day. Men between ages 19 and 70 require 1,000 milligrams of calcium/day; men 71 years and older require 1200 milligrams/day.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What causes bones to weaken?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can weaken your bones.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

At what age do we begin to lose bone density?

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The correct answer is: After age 30, for both men and women, bone mass undergoes a very slow, steady decline. In women, bone mass takes a big drop in the years surrounding menopause, then levels off to a more gradual decline. Men experience a slow decline throughout life.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which body type is most susceptible to osteoporosis?

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The correct answer is: Having a small frame and a slight build means you have bones that are less dense, making them more vulnerable to osteoporosis and fracture. Some studies show you may be especially prone to developing osteoporosis if you weigh 127 pounds or less.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hormone therapy is effective in protecting bones.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Many studies have demonstrated that hormone therapy can hamper bone loss and boost bone density. Because of the risks, though, hormone therapy is usually recommended only for women at high risk of osteoporosis, and for whom other bone-building treatments don't work.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What are the critical bone building years for women?

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The correct answer is: Girls ages 9-18 are in their critical bone-building years because it is the only time when the body makes more bone than it loses.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following elements is essential for bone health?

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The correct answer is: Magnesium, along with calcium, is essential for bone health, helping to convert vitamin D into its active form in the body and get calcium into the bones. It has also shown promise in treating osteoporosis.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following medications can affect your bone health?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Ask your doctor if any of your medications can cause bone loss, and discuss taking the lowest dose possible for the shortest amount of time.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: The age at which a woman goes through menopause affects her risk for osteoporosis.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A recent Swedish study found that women who entered menopause before the age of 47 were nearly twice as likely to have osteoporosis later in life as those who entered menopause when they were older.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

What does a T-score of -1.0 mean?

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The correct answer is: A T-score of -1.0 or higher means your bones are normal. A T-score of -2.5 or lower means you have osteoporosis. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 means you have osteopenia.

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Healthy Bones, Joints & Muscles

Healthy Bones, Joints & Muscles

Good nutrition -- especially calcium and vitamin D -- is very important to healthy bones and muscles, as is regular exercise and keeping weight under control. This lifestyle is especially important in childhood and teen years, whe...

n bone strength is developing most rapidly -- and can help prevent osteoporosis (brittle bones), fractures, and painful osteoarthritis (degenerative joints) later in life.
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