HealthONE - April 25, 2018

Marriage may be one of the best things you do for your relationship —and your bone density. According to data from a national study, researchers at the University of California and the University of Wisconsin found higher bone density in married men. Published in Osteoporosis International, the study comprised roughly 630 male and female participants who were interviewed twice and had bone-density scans nearly a decade apart.

Additionally, men in long-term relationships had higher bone density than people who separated, got divorced, were not in a relationship or had never married. In other findings, researchers discovered that age had a direct correlation to men’s health. Married men under 25 had weaker bones than men who married later in life, perhaps due to the stress of raising a young family. While the same correlation wasn’t seen in women, supportive partners were still found to positively impact bone health.

Regardless of your relationship status, here are some other helpful tips to keep your bones strong.

Increase Your Calcium
Eating calcium-rich foods like salmon, spinach and low-fat dairy can help boost your bone density, but be careful not to exceed the daily limit. Too much calcium may negatively impact men’s health with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

Hit the Gym
Along with diet, bone health starts in the gym. Weight-bearing exercises have a positive impact on men’s health by keeping your muscles strong and helping prevent age-related osteoporosis.

Skip Being Sedentary
Along with weight lifting, other forms of physical activity help make your bones stronger. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Drink in Moderation
Beer drinkers can rejoice because your favorite brews contain silicone, a chemical that stimulates collagen production. That added collagen helps support bone density and promotes flexible joints.

Find an orthopedics specialist near you today to help keep your bones healthy at any stage.