Osteoporosis is one of the biggest causes of injury in people over the age of 60. In some cases, the bones are so brittle that it can be difficult for people to do their daily activities of living without possibly breaking a bone or having some other sort of problems that may come up in the meantime.
Thankfully, there are a lot of ways that I’ve been able to work with people in order to help them to prevent osteoporosis as they age. Here are just a few of the suggestions that I give my clients so that they can get what they need as they get older.
Engage in Regular Physical Activity
Regular physical activity can play a really big role in helping to prevent the issues that can come up as people age. If you’re constantly engaging in activity that requires you to use your bones and muscles, it will strengthen them and prevent them from becoming brittle or having other issues as time goes on. Taking the time to engage in regular activity can go a long way.
Have a Nutritious Diet with Calcium Intake
There are so many foods out there with calcium – and not just milk! Broccoli, spinach and some other green vegetables also have an immense amount of calcium and, if you eat them as a part of a balanced diet, you will find that they are really helpful for your bone density as you age. You can also eat dairy products like yoghurt and cheese; soybeans, and other high calcium options.
Take Vitamin D Supplements
Vitamin D and calcium are the two nutrients that play the biggest role in helping your bone density. That’s why you’ll often see that milk is listed as “Vitamin D” milk. Having regular vitamin D supplements can help your body to build that density and keep it as you age and your body starts to become frailer.
Avoid Smoking and Drinking Heavily
Smoking and drinking both do quite a number on your body, and that includes dealing with your bone density. It’s just not good for you to smoke or drink heavily and if you’re looking at how your overall health and wellness is, you will find that you want to be sure that you’re getting ahead of those problems. Look into quitting smoking if you already do so that you can prevent future issues. Or, if you’re drinking a lot, cut it down as much as you can. It’ll help other areas of your body at the same time.
Look at your lifestyle and see what you’ll want to do in order to make changes and help your body to be as healthy as possible. By keeping your bones healthy, you’ll find that they are less brittle and that you will have fewer problems as you get older. See what you can do with the help of a physical therapist and you will be on your way to preventing breaks and other issues with your bones as you age.