Strong Bones – Strong Body

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Strong Bones – Strong Body

Healthy bones are fundamental to good health. Unhealthy bones are more than just a concern – they can signify a significant decrease in structural integrity and raise red flags for overall health status. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation,1 a quarter of all men and fully half of all women will break at least one bone after the age of fifty. In both men and women, about half of those breaks will involve the hip. Hip fractures are especially deadly – a hip fracture triples the chances of dying within 5 years. In fact, one year after suffering a hip fracture, 20% of the victims will be dead, another 30% will be permanently disabled and at least 80% will not recover. Chronic back pain, loss of height, deformities, sleep disorders and mood problems are common consequences endured by survivors.

Maintaining healthy bone function entails several fundamentals of diet, lifestyle and nutritional support. While not difficult, incorporating these fundamentals to support optimal bone health is a meticulous process that requires life-long attention.

Nutrition and Bone Health
There have been a number of exciting discoveries in the 21st century that have expanded this relationship far beyond “drink more milk.” Some well-known nutrients are becoming better understood and a few somewhat unexpected roles have been uncovered as the effects of the immune response on bones have begun to become appreciated. Excellent dietary practices (and a little help from bone-friendly supplements) and you’ll be standing tall for decades to come.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Calcium and Vitamin D – never alone, always together

References:
1. International Osteoporosis Foundation. Osteoporosis: Teaching Slide Kit. Lyon, France. (http://www.osteofound.org/health_professionals/teaching_resources/slide_kit.html)