Keeping and maintain healthy bones as we age is a very important part of keeping ourselves healthy. Here are some tips we found on http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/ about how to keep your bones healthy and strong.
Each year, approximately 1.5 million older Americans suffer fractures because of weak bones, leading to temporary or permanent disability, and even death.
There are things you can do to maintain and even improve your bone strength:
Understand your individual risk for fracture
This is based on any risk factors you have for fractures and your bone density. Ask your doctor if you need a bone density test.
Understand your individual risk for bone loss
Genetics plays a role in bone health, and some people have genetically determined high rates of bone turnover after menopause or with aging. Talk to your doctor about bone metabolism testing. Bone metabolism testing can provide additional information about your risk for fracture.
Be active every day
Strength-building and weight-bearing activities help build strong bones. Children should exercise at least an hour each day, and adults should total 30 minutes of daily activity.
Maintain a healthy weight
Older adults who are overweight have a higher risk for falling. Being underweight raises the risk of bone loss. Also, get enough calcium and Vitamin D in your daily diet.
Do not smoke
Smoking can reduce bone mass and increase your risk for a broken bone.
Limit alcohol use
Heavy alcohol use reduces bone mass and increases your risk for broken bones.
Reduce your risk of falling
There are many changes your can make in your home to help prevent a fall. Remove obstacles and add safety features — such as grab bars and non-slip mats — where needed.
Consider bone-boosting medications
In addition to calcium and Vitamin D supplements, there are many drug options that slow bone loss and increase bone strength. Talk to your doctor about these methods for protecting your bones.
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