As we age, our bones become less dense. This is a NORMAL part of the aging process. We have been taught to believe a reduced bone density increases our chances for FRACTURES. In reality, bone density (in and of itself) is NOT a good basis for determining the likeliness for fractures. The combination of physical fitness, flexibility and dietary habits impact the chances for “aging fractures” much more than simple bone density.
Many people have been tested using bone densitometry studies to determine whether their bones are losing “normal” density. These studies provide a “T” score that compares their findings with that of an (approximately) healthy 30 year old. A “Z” score bases its findings on gender, age and race. This value therefore, is a more realistic value to compare individuals especially in the senior category. So why are “T” scores used to determine bone density values in seniors? Do you think more prescriptions for osteoporosis medications will be written if a 30 year old healthy male/female is the basis upon which a comparison will be based?
SO HOW DO WE REDUCE THE CHANCES OF BONE FRACTURES AS WE AGE?
We provide the nutrients our body needs to support a healthy skeletal system. We eat REAL FOODS containing quality sources of protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts/seeds that supply the body with calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K (especially K2.)
We begin a stretching (and/or) yoga (and/or) pilates routine on a REGULAR BASIS to maintain FLEXIBILITY as well as BALANCE (essential in preventing FALLS!)
We begin a resistance exercise program (using bands or free weights or machine weights, etc…) to strengthen muscles that are ATTACHED to bones. Strengthening muscles increases tension on bones which stimulates the formation of NEW BONE.
We make sure we get adequate rest/sleep to allow the REBUILDING of new bone.
We get adequate hydration (WATER) containing essential minerals for bone growth and support found in drinking water.
This is how most individuals can prevent fractures as they age WITHOUT taking unnecessary pharmaceutical prescriptions with harmful side effects. It is important to realize these medications may increase bone density, however, DO NOT PREVENT FALLS (the #1 cause of fractures in seniors.)
Once again, the answer to preventing harmful fractures with aging is NOT found in the PILL, but rather the LIFESTYLE we live.
Do you know your “Z” score? (The one comparing you with others in your category)
Are you regularly stretching?
Are you regularly exercising?
Are you eating quality food 80-90% of the time?
Are you getting quality sleep?
Are you drinking sufficient quantities of water DAILY?
If you answered NO to ANY of these questions, what makes you think your bone HEALTH will meet your body’s needs?
Fractures Lead to Premature Death
It’s NOT JUST THE ELDERLY!
“A new study shows certain fractures due to osteoporosis can cause premature death in people 45 and older. This is the largest study, to date, that shows a connection between these fractures and premature death.”
REFERENCE: March L, Chen W, Simpson JM, Blyth F, Center J. Premature Mortality Due to Fractures in a Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study of 238,673 Older Women and Men [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015; 67 (suppl 10) Premature Mortality Due to Fractures
WHY WAIT FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH IT BEFORE MAKING THE NECESSARY CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE?