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Increase Your Bone Density with 12 Minutes of Daily Yoga

A Common Disease in Older People

Each decade after about age 30, the mineral density of our bones declines. The decrease in bone mineral density (BMD) that occurs with aging is called osteopenia when it is mild and osteoporosis when it is more severe. Both men and women suffer from osteoporosis. Worldwide, osteoporotic fractures occur in 33% of women and 20% of men over age 50.  (https://www.iofbonehealth.org/sites/default/files/PDFs/WOD Reports/osteoporosis_in_men_2004_english.pdf). In the U.S., an estimated 44 million women and men aged 50 and older suffer from low bone mass or osteoporosis.

The most common bone fractures occur in the spine, hip, thigh bone (femur) and forearm. Bone fractures, especially of the hip, often triggers a downward spiral in health. Researchers have shown that in comparison to fracture-free individuals of the same age, those with hip fractures face a 3-4 times greater risk of dying. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK45502/) Continue reading Increase Your Bone Density with 12 Minutes of Daily Yoga