Healthy Bones, Healthy Aging Naturally
Healthy bone consciousness is a part of our childhood, but once we become adults we take our bone health for granted. Quality of life as we age can be influenced directly by our bone health.
Research indicates that osteoporosis causes more than 1.5 million fractures annually, including approximately 300,000 hip fractures,700,000 vertebral fractures, 250,000 wrist fractures, and more than 300,000 fractures at other sites.
Understanding the causes of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis are important part of preventing bone fractures.
The 6 common causes of bone loss during aging
- Hormones: Decreases in Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone due to normal hormonal changes that occur with aging, along with imbalances caused by diet and drug therapy.
- Lack of exercise: Muscle wasting from inactivity, along with fatty deposits in the muscle and body cavities.
- Poor diet and Nutrition: Fast food, highly processed diets devoid of fiber and nutritional value.
- Regular Use of Anti Acids: proton pump inhibitors (P.P.I.’s include Prevacid, Protonix, Prilosec and Nexium are used to treat everything from Gastric Reflux to Gastric Ulcers.
- Regular Use of steroidal drugs: Glucocorticoid drugs used to treat asthma and auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Cancer treatment drugs: Especially those that interfere with normal Estrogen and Testosterone production as a part of treatment for breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Pro-active efforts to insure healthy bones for life can be accomplished naturally by cleaning up and changing the first 3 causes to bone loss, including: diet, nutrition and exercise. We do not always have control of the genetic predispositions or the unexpected events in life that may alter our health permanently, but the simple act of managing the elements of health we do have control over can provide return on our effort with a better quality of life for as long as we will use the body we were born in.