“As a woman ages so does her bones. Our bones changes from the old ones to the new and when you reach the point where your bone mass is peaked, you lose more than what you gain.”
Taking care of our body is embedded into one’s mind especially as we age and with that includes ways to care for our bones. As we age, our bones need extra help to avoid unnecessary injuries and conditions such as osteopenia or the thinning of the bones and osteoporosis.
Besides the age there are also other factors that can affect the overall health of our bones and that includes the following:
- A low calcium diet
- An inactive lifestyle or lack of exercise
- Prolonged use tobacco and alcohol.
- Women are more prone to osteoporosis for the reason that women have lesser bone tissue than men.
- Body size. For those who have small or thin frames it is possible that they have less bone mass to draw from as they age.
- Old Age. It is said that white or Asian descent people has a greater risk of osteoporosis.
- Hereditary reason or family history
- Unbalanced hormone levels. Too much thyroid hormone and low estrogen levels can cause bone loss.
- Eating disorders and other medications that can affect the bones.
Tips on how you can strengthen and keep your bones healthy:
- Put in more calcium in your diet. Foods such as dairy products, almonds, broccoli, salmon, sardines, soy products are a good source of calcium.
- You can also opt to take calcium supplements. Calcium needs depends on your age, body status and gender. Consult your doctor and find out what supplements are recommended for you.
- Get more Vitamin D. The said vitamin is necessary to absorb calcium. A good source of vitamin D is oily fish, egg yolks and fortified milk. Morning Sunlight is also a good contributor of vitamin D. Supplements can also be taken.
- Be more active. Exercises like weight bearing, walking or running can train your bones to become stronger and slow down bone loss. But if you already have osteoporosis or arthritis, exercise with caution. Try walking or using a machine instead.
- Stop smoking and drink moderately. If you do stop, the loss of bone mineral density will also stop.
- Take tests such as bone mineral density test. This will help you see the status of your bones and what you should do to make it healthier or in other cases treat a condition.
- Women who are in menopausal stage can try hormone therapy to increase their estrogen levels.
Yes, age is a general factor and when we hit adulthood, it is a must to start being more serious in taking care of our bones so that we may age gracefully without any complications. But why wait? It is your body and caring for it is a top priority. Remember, it is never too early to start.