I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m getting older.
Yup, I’ll be 40 next March, and it’s friggin crazy how much our bodies change as we age. So when I teach my group fitness classes, I am constantly directing my students on proper posture and the importance of strength training for creating strong bones. Our bones carry us through our lives and keeping them strong so important, especially for my older students who may have lower bone density or Osteoporosis.
If you don’t know what Osteoporosis is, let me school you for a second. Osteoporosis is a disease that happens when you lose too much bone and/or don’t make enough bone. The end result? Weak bones causing bad breaks from even the most minor falls – even from just sneezing, coughing, or bumping into furniture.
When it comes to our health, we can’t avoid everything. Especially when aging and heredity, in addition to diet and lifestyle, are all factors leading to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a common culprit in hip fractures, which are much more dangerous than you would expect.
- Nearly 54 million Americans suffer from Osteoporosis or low bone density. That’s 1 out of every 2 women and 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 who will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. The most serious fractures are hip fractures.
- Nearly 75% of all hip fractures occur in women.
- The majority of those who experience hip fractures will require assistance in their day-to-day lives. About 20% of seniors who suffer a hip fracture die within a year.
- Osteoporosis accounts for more time spent in the hospital than diseases like diabetes, heart attack and breast cancer among women over 45.
How can you help to prevent Osteoporosis and lower bone density?
- Eat a variety of foods that promote bone health and are rich in calcium and vitamin, such as dairy, green leafy veggies and fatty fish.
- Perform workouts to increase bone strength, such as weight-bearing exercises, strength training with weights, and balance/posture exercises at least 5 days per week.
- Don’t smoke and limit alcohol intake.
The key here, as it is with all diseases, is prevention. Of course, once you are diagnosed, that’s a different track you much take. But for now, please oh please, take your bone health seriously starting now. Don’t wait until its’ too late. Start with eating right and exercising.
It’s amazing many things eating right and exercise seems to prevent. Hmmmm, I wonder why THAT is?
For more information on osteoporosis, check out these articles from RecallCenter.Com