Bones play an important role in your body. They protect vital organs like your heart and lungs, and provide the support you need to move freely.
Poor bone health can increase your risk for fractures, especially in your wrist, spine and hip. Broken bones generally take months to heal and can be painful. In some cases, broken bones may not heal properly and impact your ability to walk. Since you begin losing bone mass as you age, it’s important to keep your bones strong by caring for them properly.
Some risk factors for bone loss include:
- You have fractured a bone
- You have had illnesses or been on medication that may weaken your bones
- You are underweight