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Bone Health in Elder Years: How to Keep Them Strong

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Bone Health in Elder Years

Most important facts about bone health

  • Grown adults have 206 bones in their entire body
  • It takes approximately 3 months for a healthy adult’s bones to heal
  • 52 million Americans have issues with low bone density or osteoporosis
  • 50% of American women will break a bone after the age of 50 years old

Common causes and symptoms of unhealthy bones after 50

symptoms of unhealthy bones

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are tons of reasons why bones may be less healthy after 50. We will summarize some of the main reasons below, but please do not use this to self diagnose, but rather keep them in mind as possibilities when talking to your doctor or other medical professionals.

  • Low Calcium: People who do not get enough calcium often have issues with bone density as it is an important nutrient for bone health
  • Low activity: As people get older, they tend to be less active. Physical activity can be good for bone health.
  • Age: Bones generally get thinner and weaker as someone ages
  • Gender, race, and size: Women tend to have less bone mass than men, therefore they often have a higher risk of osteoporosis. People with low BMIs tend to have less bone mass, to begin with. Due to genetics, white and Asian people tend to be at a higher risk of osteoporosis

How to keep your bones strong with age

There are still ways to maintain strong bones even at an old age. Trying to remain physically active can help maintain your bone density. However, when remaining physically active, make sure that you do not overdo it or engage in risky behavior or you could accidentally hurt yourself. Also refraining from tobacco and alcohol use can be healthy. Other than that, there are supplements and therapies that you can talk to your doctor about to see if it is right for you.

HGH therapy

blood test
HGH (Human Growth Hormone) therapy can be beneficial for many things. It has been touted as an anti-aging product, and while that is not an accurate way of describing it, it has benefits that range from increasing bone density to lengthening the amount of time that you can exercise and many other benefits. It may not be right for you, so you should talk to your doctor about your particular situation. Once you have a prescription for Omnitrope injections, for example, all that is required is a simple blood test and a professional endocrinologist from Hormone Clinic will be able to assist you and help you towards your goals as well as monitoring your progress.

What dietary supplements and nutrition will help your bones?

As we have mentioned before, calcium is good for your bones, so taking a calcium supplement may help if you have a deficiency in your diet. Magnesium also pairs well with calcium to help increase bone density, as many processed foods these days do not have hardly any magnesium in them. It is recommended that you take approximately twice as much calcium as magnesium so that you can reap the full benefits. Boron has been shown to have a correlation with decreasing your likelihood of getting osteoporosis. It comes in many fruits and nuts but not too much in processed foods. While Boron is not found in most multivitamins, it is present in some. Therefore, taking a daily multivitamin may help supplement your intake, but make sure that it contains these minerals and more.

What lifestyle changes will help to get better results?

Eating healthy and more natural foods

Increased activity and decreased alcohol and tobacco consumption are two great ways to improve your bone health, but they are not the only ones. Eating healthy and more natural foods can also be better for your bones. If you are prone to falls, you can increase your bone health by preventing them, whether that is adding non-stick lining, using a cane, or whatever else works for you. For more lifestyle changes, the National Center for Biotechnology Information has this detailed guide.

Prevention of Osteoporosis recommendations

Physical exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to prevent osteoporosis. While there is no magical formula that will fully prevent it, a healthy lifestyle, with additional supplements or treatments if need be, can be the best way to keep yourself safe and/or prepared when it comes to bone health and bone density problems.

Last word

healthy bonesThere is only so much that you can do to exercise or change your diet and lifestyle, but if you are willing to put in the work, you can keep your bones in tip-top shape. If you need any additional help due to any risk factors (like age and family history), AAA Hormone Clinic can help you out if you have a prescription and are willing to take a blood test. Interested in making sure your bones are healthy? Fill out the form with your information so that we can help!

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