Bone Health Basics:

A Guide to About Aging Bones and Wellness

Facts About Aging and Bone Health Preview

For most, when you think about staying healthy you probably think about making diet or lifestyle changes to prevent conditions like cancer or heart disease. Keeping your bones healthy to prevent osteoporosis is probably not be at the top of your list, as it should be.

 Everyone experiences slow loss of bone strength, beginning around the age of 25 and progressing with age. If left unchecked, this process, known as osteoporosis, can cause bones to become weak and brittle — so much so that a fall or even mild stresses can cause a fracture.

Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bone tissue, leaving the bones less dense and more prone to breakage. Remember: bone is living tissue. To keep bones strong, the body is constantly breaking down old bone and replacing it with new tissue. As you age, more bone is lost than it is replaced, making bones thinner and more fragile. Although there is no cure for osteoporosis, it is both preventable and treatable. Factors for developing osteoporosis include:

  • Aging (Risk increases after age 50)
  • A family history of the disease
  • A thin, small-boned frame
  • Having had an early menopause
  • Low calcium intake
  • Physical inactivity
  • Prolonged use of certain medicines
  • Smoking and/or excessive alcohol use

If any of these risk factors apply to you, don’t get too worried just yet. Osteoporosis can be slowed or even prevented well into your later years by maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Speak with your health care providers about a Bone Mineral Density test (BMD) if you have concerns. A well-rounded health plan can help you minimize pain, limit bone degeneration and gain a renewed sense of control over your life at any age.

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