By: Dayna Copeland Schaef
Our bones make up the architectural frame work that enables our body to take motion. Maintaining strong, healthy bones is paramount to staying healthy well into our golden years, but the work begins many, many years before.
Studies show that over 50% of women over the age of fifty will develop some stage of osteoporosis or bone loss, at some time in their life. Bone loss is prevalent among post-menopausal women as it can be caused by a depletion of hormones. Other factors that can increase an individuals chance of developing osteoporosis are excessive consumption of caffeine, alcohol or nicotine, a lack of Calcium and Vitamin D and an extended lack of exercise.
Bone loss can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, which is why it is important to actively work at preventing it, whether you are formally “at risk,” or not. Some more advanced symptoms of bone loss are poor posture, neck pain, back pain and a loss of height (becoming shorter.)
Consuming adequate amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D on a regular basis can help to keep your bones dense and strong and reduce your risk of fracture.
It is widely understood that dairy products are most commonly known to contain the highest amounts of naturally occurring Calcium, but there are many other foods that will also help you to meet your daily quota. Salmon, Almonds, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Oranges and Rhubarb all have substantial amounts of Calcium, as well.
Vitamin D can be consumed most efficiently by eating fish, but the vitamin is actually one that is naturally synthesized by the human body as a result of sun exposure.
For those who are at higher risk or who may already be suffering from some symptoms of Osteoporosis, taking a more aggressive approach to remedy the threat could mean taking daily Calcium and Vitamin D supplements. There are many combination supplements available at vitamin suppliers, as well as fortified juices and cereals that will further aid in the maintenance of strong healthy bones and help to prevent the onset of Osteoporosis.
We provide information and not medical advice. Please consult your doctor on your individual needs.