July 27, 2012
How many times have you heard the saying “Old age ain’t for sissies”? Well that is definitely true! Just as we age on the outside, our bones grow older on the inside also. Our risk for arthritis, osteoporosis and injuries increases with every passing moment. Knowledge of how to care for ourselves is important to reducing our risks. Maintaining proper nutrition is an important element. We have to be sure that our diet is rich in calcium and other important nutrients. Osteoporosis is the most well known condition that affects our bones. “In the early stages of osteoporosis, there may be no signs or symptoms”. (www.webmd.com) Osteoporosis is often not diagnosed until a bone is broken or a Bone Mineral Density test is ordered by your physician. Therefore, it is up to us to continue our healthy habits. A good night’s sleep, proper nutrition and consistent exercise will help us to maintain our health. We must continue to follow any instructions that we receive from our medical physicians. Keeping track of our risk factors, (age, sex & family history) will allow our physicians to better calculate our chances of many different bone conditions. While women over the age of 50 have the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis, it can still affect anybody regardless of their age or sex.
We can have a happy and healthy “old age” if we begin today to ensure that our health habits are the best that they can be. These simple routines can allow us to enjoy our “old age” without fear of being a sissy!