How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis
By Sara Butler
Osteoporosis should be on everyone's radar as they grow older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this low bone mass condition impacts the lives of 40 million Americans over the age of 50. There are several factors that can have an influence on your development of this condition and the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want you to be aware of things you can control to help reduce your risk. Here are a few tips to help you keep your bones healthy as you age.
Sustain a Healthy Weight
When it comes to your bone health, your body wants you firmly in the Goldilocks zone -- meaning it doesn't want you to be either underweight or overweight. If you're underweight, then your bones can become brittle and thin as your body leaches minerals to sustain itself. But if you're overweight, then your body can store extra fat in the place of bone marrow, which also weakens your bones. The best thing you can do is work to reach and maintain healthy body weight.
The best exercise for your bones is a combination of weight-bearing exercise and resistance training. Both of these exercises have been proven to improve bone density and lower risk of developing osteoporosis. This doesn't mean you need to pump it up and compete in a bodybuilding competition; simply doing small amounts of weight training and weight-bearing cardio such as walking is enough.
Cut Back on Coffee
If you're a woman over the age of 65, then cut back on your coffee and soda intake. Researchers don't fully understand why, but they have found a negative correlation between mineral density in the bones and caffeine intake. If you're having several servings a day of either coffee or soda, then you may want to cut back to be on the safe side.
See the Chiropractor!
It's important to remember that chiropractic care isn't simply care you seek out when there's something wrong, it's preventative care too. That's why regular visits to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help you keep your joints and your bones healthy as you age. Plus, your chiropractor can be on the lookout for any issues you may have with bone density as you age and take steps early to help you have a better outcome.
If you have questions or concerns about osteoporosis, talk to the chiropractor at The Joint today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Worth, Tex.