5 Unexpected Ways to Boost Your Bone Density
people in the U.S. are affected by osteoporosis or low bone mass. You already know you should get enough calcium and vitamin D. Here are other habits that strengthen your skeleton.
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Control your blood sugar
When you think about diabetes, bone health should (surprisingly) be top of mind. "Type-2 diabetes can have a direct effect on bone loss," says Neil C. Binkley, MD, endocrinologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "People with better blood-glucose control have a stronger internal architecture of their bones." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, 84 million American adults (one in three) have prediabetes (elevated blood-sugar levels), which can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes—but 90 percent don't know it. Talk to your doctor to see if you should be tested.