The fact that most people achieve their maximum bone strength at age 30, and then begin to lose more bone than they make sounds pretty daunting. What’s a person to do in their 40s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s? Lots of things! And you can enjoy doing them.
Like so many other parts of the body, our bones respond to what we do, what we eat, and how much we know about the things that keep them strong and make them stronger.
What we eat and drink
Calcium is important for bone health. Calcium-rich foods like low-fat yogurt, cheese and milk, as well as leafy green vegetables and foods fortified with calcium will do your bones a world of good. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. So help yourself to some salmon, tuna, eggs and foods fortified with vitamin D, too. Things that aren’t so good for bone health are too much caffeine too much alcohol, and smoking. The menus at the Allerton House Assisted Living Communities located on the South Shore of Massachusetts are always full of ample opportunities to choose bone-strengthening, nutritious and delicious foods.
What we do
Staying active is good for bone health on many levels, too. Broken bones most often are the result of falls. Activities such as yoga and balance exercises make falls less likely. So do common-sense precautions like taking your time when walking, avoiding area rugs and other slippery surfaces, and making sure your environment is well lit. Exercise like walking is also a great way to strengthen bones and joints.
How much we know
The more we know, the better able we are to avoid the consequences of weakened bones. Be sure to talk with your doctor about bone density testing to learn how strong your bones are, whether your medicines may affect the health of your bones, what exercises are recommended, whether there are medications you can take to maintain or increase bone strength, and if calcium and vitamin D supplements are a good idea for you. Always consult your personal physician or medical practitioner before taking any vitamins or supplements or before beginning an exercise program.
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