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Osteoporosis and low bone density affect 54 million Americans. Advanced age, female gender, an underweight BMI, lack of estrogen, smoking, and sedentary lifestyle all increase one’s risk of developing osteoporosis or experiencing bone fractures from minor trauma. In addition, residents of northern states, like Vermont, experience an increased risk of bone loss over time due to limited exposure to sunlight and decreased physical activity over winter months. Although screening, calcium and vitamin D supplementation, general exercise, and treatment are largely discussed, patients are unaware of the specific exercise routines that can be done to strengthen their bones. In response, I created a handout outlining simple and safe weight-bearing, strength training, and balance exercises patients can perform to promote good bone health and prevent osteoporosis and fragility fractures.
UVMMC - Milton Family Practice
Osteoporosis, Bone health, Fractures, Vermont, Prevention, Weight-bearing, Strength, Balance
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Thakor, Kinjal, "Promoting Bone Health through Weight-bearing, Resistance Training, and Balance Exercises" (2018). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 379.