Nov 16, 08:25 PM
One of the best anti-aging tactics is to develop strong bones and a good posture. While we all hope to be the older woman with the straight shoulders and erect spine, some of us may end up shrunken and shriveled-if we ignore measures to prevent osteoporosis.
About 25 million Americans suffer from the disease, according to the Osteoporosis Foundation. The affliction especially preys on women with weak bones resulting from hereditary factors, poor nutrition and low estrogen.
Indeed, the dramatically low estrogen levels we experience after menopause is the main reason women account for 80% of all osteoporosis cases. Estrogen prevents bone loss. When menopause hits and estrogen levels plummet, bone tissue is lost at one percent a year.
There is good news, however. If you’re in your 20s and 30s, and willing to put in a little bone-saving effort, you can help ward off the brittle bones that plague retirees.