The risk is real: As we age, and as many of us develop osteoporosis, the potential for fracturing a bone increases, often with devastating consequences. And now a review of the recent data confirms a worrying trend: Hip fractures in older women, previously on the decline, have now begun to tick up again, with significant costs to both individuals as well as our larger health care system. The reasons for this rise are not altogether clear, though there seems to be a decline in the number of women receiving bone density scans, which allow for early detection of risk for osteoporosis. Anyone with a family history of bone fractures, rheumatoid arthritis or other behaviors that can cause bone weakening should avail themselves of assessments to determine their risk. Read more about such testing from the National Institutes of Health Here. And there are, of course, exercises that maintain and strengthen your musculoskeletal health, so that you can limit or reduce your risk of such fractures in the first place. So pull out your mat and take a look at some beneficial exercises Here.