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Must-know osteoporosis myths and facts

Follow these tips to prevent bone loss and keep your skeleton strong

Your bones are the foundation of your body. Just like in a house, a weak foundation can cause a host of problems. Weak bones are known as osteoporosis. Check out these osteoporosis myths and facts to learn how to keep your foundation strong.

Myth or fact? Weak bones are more easily broken
FACT: Osteoporosis reduces bone strength and quality, which increases your risk for bone fractures. Compared with women age 60-plus who have normal bone strength, those who have osteoporosis are three times more likely to suffer a bone fracture, according to a recent study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

Myth or fact? You need to watch out for osteoporosis symptoms
FACT: Osteoporosis often has no symptoms until you break a bone. The best way to detect the condition is with a bone density screening. The test is quick and painless. The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force recommends that all women ages 65 and older have an osteoporosis screening. Some women may need to be screened earlier. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors.

Myth or fact? Men don't need to worry about osteoporosis
MYTH: The disease is more common in women, but men have it too. Osteoporosis affects about 10 percent of women and 2 percent of men, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the rate of fragility-related fractures in men is expected to triple by 2050.

Myth or fact? You need more calcium as you age to prevent osteoporosis
FACT: After menopause, women should up their calcium intake to 1,500 mg a day, from 1,000 mg. Get calcium from foods such as low-fat dairy products, spinach, broccoli and salmon. Take care of your body's foundation now, and you could prevent fractures later on.

The percentage of older U.S. adults with low bone mass, according to a new study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. This puts you at risk for osteoporosis. You may be at risk if you went through menopause before age 45, smoke or do no exercise. Talk with your doctor if this describes you.