Your body is a living machine. Like all machines it needs more attention and maintenance over time. Health issues accumulate with age, including bone health. Age changes your bones. The mass and density of your bones and vertebrae are liable to decrease, growing thinner and less dense. Calcium and minerals may be depleted in the skeletal system.
Consequences of Bone Loss
One of the most serious effects on the bones as we age, especially for women, is osteoporosis, which is a fragile or brittle state of bones resulting from tissue loss. Osteoporosis makes bones more easily breakable, and in some parts of the body, especially the hips, it can be catastrophic and require surgical replacement. Bone health experts have valuable advice.
What to Do About It
A diet that adds nutrients is an important first step. Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for good bone health. Vitamin D production is an issue; sunlight helps the body manufacture it, but in much of the country, there isn’t enough sunlight for Vitamin D production during the winter. Childhood lessons about getting three servings of dairy products a day are still good. But Vitamin D can also come from orange juice that’s calcium-fortified, leafy green veggies, and broccoli.
What Else Can Help
Further help may come from bone support supplements. The most important supplements for bone health, in addition to calcium and Vitamin D, are magnesium and Vitamin K2. This latter aids the body in repairing damage from calcium in the bloodstream. These supplements are your body’s best line of defense against what aging may do to your bones.
A machine is only as good as the condition of its working parts. Your body is no different. Keep it in good repair as you get older.