By: Food as Medicine; Dr. RS YouTube Channel
As we grow older, our bones become more important. We grow more vulnerable to falls and bone breaks, as we become more fragile human beings. At a younger age, we don’t typically pay attention to our bones because we are less delicate and sustainable to injury. With proper diet and exercise at a young age, we can keep our bones strong for many years to come. Our bones stay together, like a tight cloth, in our younger years. As we grow older, we can develop compression fractures in our spine, making people grow shorter in height. If you begin to notice differences in your height, you should see your doctor to determine if you have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that develops when bone mineral density and bone mass decreases. It can also make bone structure and strength change, as well. This disease can be crippling; people cannot walk, be independent, and can have digestive problems. There are a lot of problems associated with osteoporosis. You should pay attention to your height if you fear you may be developing this disease. DEXA scans can be done with your doctor to check bone density and mass. If the density is going down, you can receive annual injections, as well as take vitamins and supplements, to better help this problem. You may also increase your milk and egg intake to get more minerals, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. Remember to check with your doctor before consuming more of these supplements because too much vitamin D or calcium is not good for your body.
Overall, it is important to keep our bones in good condition. Healthy bones lead to healthy joints. Exercise is extremely important, in terms of strengthening our bones. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and as you age be sure to have a bone density check as recommended and be aware of any changes in your height. And a healthy diet and weight is the best way to maintain a healthy body and can lead to a long, happy life.