Health Tip: Stop Smoking, Save Your Bones

Cigarettes can harm skeletal health

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(HealthDay News) -- Smoking can affect many parts of your body, even your bones and joints.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons lists these musculoskeletal problems that can be triggered by smoking:

  • Increased risk of osteoporosis.
  • Decreased bone density.
  • Reduced ability to absorb calcium.
  • Reduced protection provided by estrogen replacement therapy.
  • Increased risk of hip fracture as a person ages.
  • Increased risk of developing an exercise-related injury.