Bones play many important roles in our body – they provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles and store calcium. As an adolescent it is important to build strong and healthy bones, however you can take steps during adulthood to protect your bone health as well.
Your bones are continuously changing – new bone is made and old bone is broken down. During adolescence the body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, thus, bone mass increases. As we age, bone restoration continues, however, we lose slightly more bone mass than we gain. Most individuals reach their peak bone mass around the age of 30. Depending on how much bone mass you attain by the time you reach 30 and how rapidly you lose it after that, determines your chances of developing osteoporosis – a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle. The higher your peak bone mass is, the less likely it is you will develop this condition.
There are a number of different factors that play into keeping your bones healthy.
The first, and arguably one of the most important factors, is the amount of calcium in your diet. Diets low in calcium contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss, and an increased risk of bone fractures.
The second largest factor determining bone health is physical activity. Individuals who are physically inactive have a higher risk of osteoporosis than their more-active counterparts. Sedentary lifestyles are a huge threat to our health and specifically, keeping bones healthy. Being sedentary poses additional risks because it affects the body’s regulation. Without physical activity as a loading stimulus, sedentary adults increase the risks of thinning of ageing bones. Furthermore, the loss of muscle mass with age exposes bones to higher impact forces and is accelerated by a sedentary lifestyle.
However, we understand that many individuals are in a bind when it comes to this situation, because many of us work at a desk. So what can you do? Stand up for five minutes out of every hour. Standing up regularly is the simplest tactic to combat the health effects of sitting. Walk around the office, or even better, up and down some stairs. These simple activities will work the kinks out of your skeleton and stimulate your bone tissue.
Factor three, tobacco and alcohol intake; if you want to keep your bones healthy, tobacco and alcohol consumption won’t do you any favors. Research suggests that tobacco use contributes to weak bones. Similarly, regularly having more than one alcoholic drink a day for women, and two a day for men, may increase the risk of osteoporosis.
These three factors are the primary factors to be concerned with, however, elements such as hormone levels, gender, size, age, and family history all play into your bone health as well.
Include plenty of calcium and vitamin D in your diet.
Calcium is a mineral necessary for life. Calcium helps build our bones, keep them healthy, enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat. About 99% of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. Since our bodies cannot produce calcium on their own, it makes including calcium rich foods or calcium supplements in our diet all that much more important. Calcium rich foods such as milk, yogurt, and dark leafy greens are a great way to get calcium into your diet. If you find difficulty with getting enough calcium rich foods in your diet, taking a calcium supplement will work just as good.
Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting your bones, both by helping your body absorb calcium and by supporting muscles needed to avoid falls. Children need vitamin D to build strong bones, and adults need it to keep their bones strong and healthy. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, and you’re more likely to break bones as you age. The best sources of vitamin D are the sun, food, and supplements. It is very difficult to get all the vitamin D you need from food alone. Most people must take vitamin D supplements to get enough to support bone health.
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