April 3, 2013
Are you over the age of 50? Do you experience aches and pains, broken bones, or frequent falls? If you answered yes to any of these questions you could be one of millions of people who suffer from arthritis, osteoporosis, and injuries from falling. As we all age our bodies just aren’t the same, it’s very important to be aware of these conditions and know how to prevent them to keep your musculoskeletal system as healthy as possible as you age. There are many things that put you at risk for falls such as medication side effects or physical ailments. Osteoporosis and arthritis are common among the elderly and include many risk factors such as family history, age, sex, menopause, previous injuries, weight and body size, diet, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption. There are many things we can do as we age to prevent these painful conditions. Eating a healthy diet that is high in calcium, vitamin D, fruits, and vegetables is a big help. Limiting your intake of protein, sodium, and caffeine, and not smoking or drinking alcohol also decreases your risks. Living this healthy lifestyle, staying as physically active as possible, and seeing your doctor on a regular basis can help you to feel young, even as you age.
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