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How much do you know about osteoporosis? Test your bone/osteoporosis knowledge by answering these 6 questions.

Questions:

1) At what age does a woman reach peak bone mass?

2) What % of bone loss will a woman experience over a lifetime?

3) Women over 65 should have a DEXA scan every _____years?

4) Can you spot-treat osteoporosis?

5) What’s more important to grow more bone, nutrition or exercise?

6) Weight-bearing exercise is best for healthy bones but does that mean bearing weight on your parts or holding a weight and doing strength training?

Write down your responses, then find the answers below the photo! 

Answers:

1) Between 25 and 35 years of age.  If you’re older than 35, you’ve already peaked!

2) Approximately 38% (yikes)!

3) 2 years

4) YES! The bone sites most at risk are ribs, vertebrae, wrists, head of the femur (thigh bone)

5) Exercise wins by a nose.

6) While strength-training will strengthen bones where the muscle inserts into the bone, this is not the primary site in need of strengthening with osteoporosis.  Walking (with good posture) is one of the best weight-bearing exercises you can do. 

Want a sneak peak at the first 6 minutes of a 25 minute bone health video I created for my Powering Through Perimenopause class?  You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwrId579Fes