Are your bones strong?
I know, that’s kind of a strange question. You might know if your bones aren’t strong enough when you break one or when you have osteoporosis. But what can you do before you get to that point?
Many people believe that taking calcium supplements is the right thing to do for bone health. But according to recent studies highlighted by the New York Times, “…the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended that postmenopausal women refrain from taking supplemental calcium and vitamin D. After reviewing more than 135 studies, the task force said there was little evidence that these supplements prevent fractures in healthy women. Moreover, several studies have linked calcium supplements to an increased risk of heart attacks and death from cardiovascular disease.”
Wow. Does that news surprise anyone else? I’ve heard about the benefits of calcium supplements for my whole life, but now I’m starting to question them.
So what’s a girl (or guy) to do to keep their bones healthy?
The New York Times reccommends that until more studies are done, “…consumers seeking to preserve their bones would be wise to rely primarily on dietary sources of the mineral and to pursue regular weight-bearing or strength-building exercises, or both. Walking, running, weight lifting and working out on resistance machines is unquestionably effective and safe for most adults, if done properly.”
So, there you have it people. Yet another reason to hit the weights (as if toning your body and getting strong weren’t reasons enough!) and look for your calcium outside the pills. At least for now.