Bone health: it's a strong issue
Ilona E. Jurek, M.D. of Mercy Primary Care in Amherst answers your commonly asked questions on bone health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jurek or a Mercy physician near you, visit MercyOnline.org/doctors.
Why is bone health important?
Humans do best when walking upright. They need a strong skeleton to do so. The strength of the skeleton depends on bone strength.
What affects bone health?
Genetics, diet, exercise, age and environment all affect bone health.
What can I do to keep my bones healthy?
Exercise against resistance or gravity will help keep your bones healthy. This includes walking, running or weight lifting. Get 1200 mg of calcium a day preferably in your diet or with food and a minimum of 800-1000 international units of vitamin D-3 daily.
What tests can be conducted to test my bone health?
Bone strength testing is best done by a DEXA scanner. This is ordered by a doctor if applicable and appropriate. It is the best way we currently have to measure bone density reliably.