Tip For The Day - Healthy Bones
Another "Tip" for those serious about their health.
Why do old folks' bones get brittle and break?
Brittle bones in old age are the result of a series of factors:
Low appetite and poor nutrition.
Lack of exercise.
Granted we all need exercise, and most of us need more than we take time for. While those college athletes are out there showing us their prowess, we are munching the munchies and seated on our arses.
When you hear that so-and-so fell and broke her hip, the chances are the announcer got it backwards, because usually the hip broke, and as a result she fell.
A study about 10 years ago found that exercise is more important to good bone health than calcium intake, and that calcium does not get deposited to strengthen bones in the absence of some period of sustained weight-bearing exercise.
When appetite decreases for many older people, so does the inbtake of calcium and other essential nutrients from vitamins and minerals, to essential enzymes and fatty acids.
Without good nutrition, energy lags. The "get up and go" went.
The common mental image of our older folks is one of someone sitting in a rocker or recliner, and, in fulfilling that image, some older folks are preparing for a fall.
We all need healthy bones....
One of our body's key warriors against infection are our white blood cells.
When our bones are not healthy, we may not have a right to expect them to produce all the white blood cells we may need, and we may even be more susceptible to breaking bones than we should be at any given age.
Bone up on what you can do to have strong, healthy bones, and they will take you a long way.
And, by the way, our old friend Benjamin Franklin wrote: "You can exercise now, or pay for it later." He suffered a lot with gout in his late years and I don't know if the quote preceded his gout, or came afterwards.
One further very important "by the way": with exercise you not only promote greater bone density, but as an added bonus you lower your risks of diabetes and heart disease. That may be reason enough to get off the driver's seat and hoof it for awhile.
Celebrating age 100 in this photo, and five good years beyond.
Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
Another Tip For The Day....
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Don't go to Lost & Found for lost weight.
- Have you seen it anywhere? I've lost my weight!
It just disappears when you seriously don't want it any more. When that happens, it goes the way of all life, it just leaves early, leaving you with a healthy Body Mass Index....BMI and better life.
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