Prevent Bone Loss

Now retired, former WOC-AM 1420 radio personality, Dan Kennedy is still behind the mic. He explores the basics of bone health and ways to prevent bone density loss in this month’s “Doc Talk” podcast.

“Bone is in a constant state of turnover,” explains ORA Orthopedic’s Dr. J.C. Clark, “Even at the age of 35, when you look at bone mineral density, you get a gradual decrease.” But there are things you can do to reduce the amount of bone you lose over time. 

Dr. J.C. Clark
Dr. J.C. Clark

The rate of the breakdown increases as you get older, making it harder to make up for that loss.

“Ironically, a lot of the things we can do happens in our teens, twenties and thirties. The more active you are, the better diet you have early on in life … increases that bone mineral density by age 35.” And the better bone density you have in your life, the better your bones will be as you get older.

Men over the age of 60 should be getting 1,000 mg of calcium a day. Women should get over 1,200 mg a day.

Getting some sun can help, too. Ten to fifteen minutes of good sunlight each day is good for your bones. 

Exercise plays a role in strengthening your bones, too. Stressing your bones through exercises like walking or weight-lifting can help build your bones and bone strength. “Sitting on your couch can be a detriment to your bone health.”

Listen to all of Dr. Clark’s bone health tips in this month’s “Doc Talk” podcast with Dan Kennedy.