Quick test: how strong are your bones?

With this quick and easy home test, you can check the density of your bones and the risk of developing osteoporosis.

How? Find out how long you can stand on one leg without losing your balance, and how easy it is to squat, touch the floor, and lift again without holding on to anything.

You may be worried about: If you can’t keep your balance for more than 10 seconds or find it hard to get up after a squat.

Why does it work? Both exercises measure a key ability that indicates the risk of bone fractures associated with osteoporosis. Postmenopausal women who did not take the test on one leg were 8 times more likely to have a hip fracture, while for those who could not squat and touch the ground, a hip fracture was 5 times more likely.

Help yourself: exercise with weights at least three times a week

Research has shown that weight training can slow or prevent the loss of bone density that is typical of menopause, while increasing bone mass at key sites, such as the hips.

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