I wonder how healthy the bones of the ten Lords are? Depending on how often they leap, as well as other risk factors, the Lords are likely to have dense bones and a reduced risk for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone in which the bone density is low, or the bones are porous. Approximately 20% of those who suffer from osteoporosis are men. So, while women make up the majority of osteoporosis cases, men get it too.

    The risk for osteoporosis goes up as we get older, but what we can do to cut those risks is to take care of ourselves early and throughout life. About 85% of our adult bone mass is acquired when we are teenagers (by the age 18 for girls and by the age of 20 for boys).

    Most people can cut their risk of osteoporosis by following a healthy lifestyle throughout life.


    • Get adequate calcium throughout life through diet and supplements (if necessary). Most people need about 1000 mg of calcium per day – teens about 1,300 mg per day.
    • Get your vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin helps with calcium absorption and healthy bones. Many calcium supplements come with vitamin D in the same supplement.
    • Do not drink excessive alcohol. Too much alcohol tends to harm bones. The belief is that those who consume too much alcohol follow less healthy diets.


    • Sedentary people are at higher risk for bone health issues. Get up and move.
    • Engage in weight-bearing activities. To help the bones be stronger and denser, weight-bearing exercise is vital. Weight-bearing means the foot/body comes off the ground and lands again. Examples include walking, running, aerobics, and dancing. Jumping rope or “leaping” is also beneficial. Biking, elliptical machines, and swimming are not weight-bearing activities even though they are good for you for other reasons (for your heart).

    Don’t smoke:

    • Smoking increases the risk for low bone mass. This is yet another reason to quit or never start.

    As you age, your risk for osteoporosis increases, so talk to your healthcare provider about your personal risk for osteoporosis after age 50 (for women: following menopause).

    For more information about osteoporosis, check the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

    Nine Ladies Dancing,

    Eight Maids a Milking,

    Seven Swan’s a Swimming,

    Six Geese a Laying,

    Five Golden Rings,

    Four Calling Birds,

    Three French Hens,

    Two Turtle Doves,

    and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.