Science has clearly proven that as a male and a female we are created biologically different. That is a complete given. With that said, research shows that after age 30 females typically lose about 3-5% of their bone mineral density (BMD) per decade compared to 1-2% for men. And it gets even scarier because post menopause around age 50 women will lose 3-5% of their BMD per year!
As females there is a clear disadvantage. HOWEVER, there are preventative measures that one can take. One way to counter bone lose and prevent osteoporosis is to perform resistance exercise and consume adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. This is one reason why it is very important for women to lift weights. It can dramatically strengthen your bones. When you start doing this while you are young your bones get denser and in essence you have “more to lose” as you age.
Men and women who suffer from low bone mineral density will have an increased risk of fractures from falling because your bones are weaker. Falling when you are older and having a low bone mineral density could also potentially cause issues such as chronic back problems and easily broken forearms and hips. Once those problems arise it will be an even more uphill battle to stay healthy and active. Living a long and healthy life isn’t guaranteed but taking precautions can increase the chances of that.
So go out there and don’t be afraid to pick up some weights ladies!!
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