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Bone Health: A Family Guide



Tips for You

Approximately 10 million people over age 50 have osteoporosis. Improve your bone health before menopause and you may be able to avoid this debilitating disease.

Lose Belly Fat

Extra weight around your waist may lead to osteoporosis. A recent study conducted by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School found that women who had high amounts of visceral (belly) fat had less bone mineral density than women who did not. "Belly fat appears to produce an inflammatory response, which raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes and can accelerate bone loss," says Felicia Cosman, M.D., clinical director of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. "Maintaining a healthy overall body weight through diet and exercise (particularly activities that target the core like Pilates) is essential."