The After-50 Balancing Act

Let me give you the bad news with the good: We’re falling down more often on our way to longer lives. “As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape,” wrote Katie Hafner in Sunday’s New York Times, “the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.” According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, where I serve as ambassador for bone health, even younger boomers must devote some thought to their strength, stamina …

Too Much Milk May Cause Bone Fractures, But Yogurt’s OK

Despite everything we’ve been told about milk building strong bones and making us healthy, that may not be the case once we’re middle-aged adults, a new Swedish study suggests. Researchers from Uppsala University followed more than 100,000 men (ages 45 to 79) and women (ages 39 to 74) for up to 20 years and found that those who drank three or more glasses of milk a day had a higher rate of death. Even more troubling, the women had more, …

Bone Up on Bone Health In May

May is National Osteoporosis Month – a good time to assess your risk of breaking a bone and figure out the best way for you to avoid osteoporosis down the road. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), where I am honored to serve as Bone Health Ambassador, 52 million Americans have osteoporosis. And thanks to population dynamics, the numbers rise each year: By 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 are expected to be affected. >> Sign up for …

Questions Raised About Some Health Screenings

By Jenny Gold, Correspondent, Kaiser Health News This KHN story was produced in collaboration with National Public Radio. Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, Va., is unusually busy for a Thursday morning. It’s not a typical time for worship, but parishioner Stacy Riggs and her husband have come for something a little different: a medical screening. “I’m getting ready to turn 50 sooner than I’d like to say, and just thought it was a good time to get an overall …

Balance Your Way to Fitness After 50

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, we lose 1 percent of bone mass every year after 50. In fact, for some of us, especially women, bone loss can happen very quickly, causing us to lose up to 20 percent of our bone density during the five to seven years following menopause, paving the way for osteoporosis. And, having osteoporosis is the biggest risk factor for breaking a bone if we fall. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The …

NEWS FLASH: Risk of Breaking Bones After 50 Is Bigger Than We Thought

There’s a silent and stealthy disease you may not even know you have …until you fall. A new study, “The 2010 Burden of Osteoporosis and Low Bone Mass among Residents of the U.S. Age 50 and Older,” released by the National Osteoporosis Foundation during its annual Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis reveals that the prevalence of low bone density and the risk of breaking a bone are far greater among people over 50 than previously realized. The risk of breaking bones – a major …