Jun 7, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: What is the key to maintaining strong and healthy bones as you get older? Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones, what does the research say women should do?

Dr. Jones: Okay. So you want to keep your bones strong and you're 50. Well, what doesn't work is added calcium and vitamin D. Surely, we don't want you deficient, so an adequate diet will do that, but people taking buckets of supplements, that's not going to work.

Exercise is helpful, and we want you strong so you don't fall, and exercises which particularly focus on balance, like yoga and tai chi, have been shown to decrease falls. That's going to be important.

Mostly, we want to get you to 50 with really good bone density, so that means, when you're younger, keep moving, get outside, get your vitamin D, don't drink your soda pops, and get to 50 with your best bone density. And that's the trick.

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