Tip For The Day - Healthy Bones

Another "Tip" for those serious about their health.

Better, stronger bones mean better, stronger health.
Better, stronger bones mean better, stronger health. | Source

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.

Disability.

Stress.

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.

Practice good stewardship by giving the body what it needs to serve you well.
Practice good stewardship by giving the body what it needs to serve you well. | Source

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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Yikes, I'm doing the 4 things you outline in the beginning. Time for some changes!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

DealForALiving - Where there's life there's hope with room for changes.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thanks for this good reminder for keeping our bones healthy as we age. My doctor has me on massive doses of Vitamin D. I recently learned how importance magnesium is for the absorption of vitamin D. Why is it doctors don't tell us these things. Sharing your hub. - Audrey


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Great reminder to get up and go! I often say, "If you don't use you are gonna lose it" which motivates my family to get up and go. Just 15 minutes a day of sunshine also does wonders for the bones and stress. Be well!


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Pawpawwrites 2 years ago from Kansas

I try to keep moving, and eat right. Hope it goes ok. I have some pretty good genetics going for me too. Great info here.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

As I get older I realize how much we can control what happens to us in terms of our health--this is just excellent advice!


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mackyi 2 years ago from Philadelphia

Great hub, you have made a lot of solid points, but this one in particular has captured my attention the most. Allow me to paraphrase "The fall did not cause the old folk's hip to break, rather, the fragile hip broke causing the old folk to fall." I have been saying this for a very long time, and only a few people think it make any sense. Thanks for sharing the same thought.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

vocalcoach - Medical schools have been notorious in the past for giving too few classes (some give only one) on nutrition, perhaps thinking that their medical students learned all about it in high school biology classes.

Few colleges, with the exception of some liberal arts colleges, even require a class on health. Furthermore, as with your Vitamin D, science is only now discovering how varied and important the roles of some vitamins and minerals are, Vitamin D being a key case in point.

Self-interest requires that we educate ourselves. and our families.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Sunshine625 - You are doing what I just commented about, namely educating yourself and family.

I hasten to add though that the elderly don't synthesize sunlight as well for producing their own Vitamin D and should supplement...even if they get 15 minutes a day of Florida sunshine. Furthermore the low angle of the sun during our coming winter months will not do what summer sunshine can do, especially if we are all wrapped up against the cold.

Testing is available to determine the body's levels of Vitamin D and well worth the expense. Ask that it be done at your next physical exam and take advantage of the progress being made in nutrition research.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Pawpawwrites - Someone said that "good living takes you to age 65, and good genetics takes you the rest of the way." Frankly, at any age "good living" makes the whole journey longer and better.

Read through my other replies here for reasons why so much depends on how we live each day. If I don't get enough sunshine each day, I supplement Vitamin D on those days when I don't or can't. I will be commenting on each vitamin, mineral, and essential fatty acid.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

AudreyHowitt - Few things in life satisfy us as much as knowing that we are in control of the important things. Certainly you are right that our health is at the top of that list....to the extent that we play our role of doing what we know we can, and finding out what we need to know.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

mackyi - Truth prevails.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

A happy body is a healthy body!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - I think it sounds as good reversed, i.e. a healthy body is a happy body.

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