Did you know bones are living tissue? Although it may not seem like it, the 206 bones in the adult body have their own nerves and blood vessels, and are made of cells that are constantly growing and being replaced.
Decreased bone density is part of the aging process
Until the age of 30, your bones continue to become denser. After that, bone density starts to decline; the rate of this decline depends on risk factors as well as lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity.
Women develop it earlier
Numerous studies show that men lose bone density at a much lower rate than women when approaching middle age. That’s because after women go through menopause, reduced estrogen levels actually accelerate bone density loss.
Nutrients and exercise keep your bones stronger
Regular physical activity helps increase bone mass, and so does getting enough calcium and vitamin D—as long as it’s from natural food sources such as leafy greens and dairy.
Older adults should get screened for osteoporosis
Bone density scans are the most effective way of diagnosing osteoporosis and risk of fracture. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that older adults be screened depending on their risk factors: the more risk factors present, the sooner they should be screened. ZendyHealth can help you save up to 40% on a bone density scan, also known as a DEXA scan, with a board certified radiologist.
Physical therapy and medication are used as treatment
Patients with osteoporosis may be prescribed medications that will either increase bone formation or slow bone loss, some of which can greatly lower the risk of fracture. Physical therapy can also help patients prevent falls and strengthen their core.