• Your Bone Health and How to Maintain It As You Age

    Your Bone Health and How to Maintain It As You Age

Your bones play a huge role in your ability to age on your terms. While it’s vital to build strong bones during childhood and adolescence, there are steps you can take in adulthood to protect your bone health for better aging.

Bone Health

Why Is It Important?

Your bones are constantly changing. New bones made and old broken down. Your body makes new bones quickly when you are young, making bones faster than they are broken down. This increases bone density and mass.

However, by age 30, most people reach their peak bone mass. After that, you lose slightly more bone mass than you gain. The development of osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle, depends on the bone mass you attain by the time you reach age 30 and how rapidly you lose it after that. The higher your peak bone mass, the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis. 

This is good for young people, but what can seniors do to ensure their bones stay healthy as they age?

What Affects Bone Health

There are many factors that influence bone health as you age. Some of them include:

  • Amount of calcium in the diet
  • Physical activity
  • Tobacco and Alcohol use
  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Age
  • Race and family history

What to Do to Keep Bones Healthy?

There are a few things you can do to ensure your bones remain healthy as you age:

  • Include lots of calcium in your diet.
  • Pay attention to vitamin D because it’s needed to absorb calcium.
  • Include lots of physical activity in your daily routine.
  • Avoid excessive drinking.
  • Quit smoking.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you are concerned about your bone health, consult your doctor. They might recommend a bone density test to determine your risk.

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