3 simple ways to keep bones strong as you age

Bone loss is not an inevitable consequence of aging. Preventing osteoporosis should be focused on lifestyle habits.

(Cameron Jones/ First for Women) — New research suggests that a few easy lifestyle tweaks may be the best way to ward off brittle bones and osteoporosis as we get older. Keep reading for three surprisingly simple ways to build bone density and help keep your bones strong for years to come — no meds required!

New data reveals millions of women are reluctant to take osteoporosis medications because of potential side effects, including fractures. “The refrain I hear from patients is, ‘Why should I go on a drug that can cause fractures … to prevent fractures,” says Clifford Rosen, M.D., a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. (…)