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Bone strengthening exercise and ordering medication online

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August 14th, 2018
Dr. Vrinda Suneja

Dr. Vrinda Suneja

Health and wellness experts practice exclusively at Erickson Living communities all over the U.S. Dr. Suneja received her medical degree at Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India. She then completed her residency in internal medicine at Sinai Grace Hospital, affiliated with Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. She is board-certified in internal medicine. Suneja joined Fox Run in November 2003.

Q:  What is the best exercise to help build bone strength?

A: It is important for all seniors, especially women, to engage in activities to strengthen bone. Bones become weaker with age, and the proper exercise can help prevent or slow the process of osteoporosis (thinning bones). Studies show that weight-bearing exercise is best, that is, anything during which you support your own weight. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, even walking is an excellent choice. Activities such as swimming or riding a bike, while good forms of exercise because of multiple benefits, should only make up part of your routine. Overall, it is best to engage in a variety of exercises, including weight bearing and activities that raise your heart rate. Strength training is also important, because it helps strengthen the muscles, which in turn support your bones. We also suggest that seniors practice balance exercises—ask your doctor or a physical therapist about which types of exercise may be best for you.


Q: I do not have good prescription coverage and want to buy my medicine online. Is this safe?

A: Buying online can be risky because there are many fraudulent pharmacies out there. Very often, the medicine they sell has dangerous ingredients or may have none of the active ingredients necessary. But if you shop around for a reputable site, you might be able to save some money. First and foremost, only use a pharmacy based in the U.S. that is licensed by a state’s board of pharmacy. Warning signs of phony pharmacies include those that let you buy medicine without a prescription, have no physical address in the U.S., send unsolicited emails advertising too-good-to-be-true prices, or have no licensed pharmacist who can answer any questions you have. Other ways to save: Compare prices among brick-and-mortar pharmacies in your area. They want your business and will meet or beat prices on certain drugs. You can also contact the pharmaceutical company—many have discount programs for people who cannot afford necessary medicine.