Bone health refers to the condition and strength of your bones, which is important for overall health and mobility. Bone health is something we don’t always think about when we consider our overall health care but it is an area that we need to pay attention to as we grow older.
When looking at bone health we take into consideration bone density. Bone density refers to the amount of mineral content in bones, which determines their strength and resistance to fractures. Low bone density is a risk factor for osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle, and is a common cause of fractures, especially in older adults.
Bone density is typically measured using a diagnostic test, like the Echolight bone density machine. BioConnect is proud to offer this radiation-free test. Click here to learn more ( See Echolight in action )
Treatment for low bone density or osteoporosis may include lifestyle modifications, such as increasing calcium and vitamin D intake and engaging in weight-bearing exercises, as well as medication to help build and maintain bone mass. In some cases, surgery may also be necessary to repair fractures or replace joints. Here are expanded guidelines to help:
Adequate calcium and vitamin D intake: Calcium and vitamin D are essential for building and maintaining strong bones. Good sources of calcium include dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and fortified foods such as cereals and orange juice.
Vitamin D can be obtained from exposure to sunlight, as well as from fortified foods and supplements.
Regular weight-bearing exercise: Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, running, and weightlifting, help build and maintain bone mass. Additionally, balance and strength training can help prevent falls and fractures in older adults.
Avoidance of tobacco and excessive alcohol: Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can increase the risk of bone loss and fractures, so it’s important to limit or avoid these habits.
Bone density testing: Bone density testing can help identify low bone density or osteoporosis, which can increase the risk of fractures. Women over age 65 and men over age 70 are generally recommended to have a bone density test, as well as those with certain risk factors such as a family history of osteoporosis or low body weight.
Medication: In some cases, medication may be recommended to help prevent or treat bone loss or osteoporosis. This may include calcium and vitamin D supplements, as well as medications that help to strengthen bones.