Most Baby Boomers’re starting to turn 60 this year – _BUT_ question is: Will they be healthy in their senior yearsisn’t – question? One of most important co-ncerns – especially for women – ‘s Osteoporosis. The term Osteoporosis’s thinning of bone tissue & loss of bone de-nsity over time. It’s estimated – without changes in lifestyle – 12 million people shall be diagnosed with Osteoporosis by 2012.
Many Baby Boomers’re _NOT_ co-ncerned about Osteoporosis because they think it’s problem only for senior citizens. This’s _NOT_ gender related health issue – _BUT_ for women risk for Osteoporosis dramatically increases as their ovaries begin to reduce production of estrogen. Osteoporosis may happen long before woman begins to feel effects of Peri-menopause. Osteoporosis causes more than 1.5 million fractures year.
A fracture may mean co-mplications especially from hip fractures. When mobility’s limited – it may mean loss of appetite – circulatory problems – skin problems – & even de-pression. Unless Baby Boomers’re made aware of these problems associated with Osteoporosis – it shall co-ntinue to increase in numbers throughout population.
Osteoporosis may be co-ncern for men _BUT_ normally _NOT_ until after they’re 60. They do _NOT_ experience sudden drop in hormone levels – _BUT_ as their Testosterone de-creases – bone’s _NOT_ formed as quickly as it used to in their earlier ages. Osteoporosis does de-velop _NOT_ only later in life for men – _BUT_ also progresses @ much slower rate. Some lifestyle issues may affect men’s bone health. Primary risk factors for Osteoporosis’re age – sex – & _NOT_ enough calcium intake.
However – u should co-nsider other risk factors. For instance – if u’ve small frame it puts u @ higher risk for de-veloping Osteoporosis later in life. Asian & Caucasians seem to be more @ risk as well. If u’ve female member of your immediate family – has already de-veloped Osteoporosis /’ve suffered from bone fractures – – co-uld put them more @ risk. Other risk factors include women who go through Menopause @ early age – medications for thyroid – steroids – inactive lifestyle – smoking – & drinking caffeinated drinks.
How may Osteoporosis be pre-ventedisn’t – question? Is there way to ensure u do _NOT_ de-velop Osteoporosis in your senior yearsisn’t – question?
You may help protect your bones against Osteoporosis. Stooped posture – fractures – & body pain’re _NOT_ normal part of growing older. The two most important means of pre-vention’re nutrition & exercise.
The body does _NOT_ make calcium; it has to be included in your daily diet. When your body’s _NOT_ taking in enough calcium – body takes calcium it needs from your bones. This increases bone loss & influences _HOW_ rapidly Osteoporosis progresses.
Lactose Intolerance may co-ntribute person to _NOT_ take in enough calcium. Dairy products’ve calcium _BUT_ also’ve Lactose. Lactose Intolerant patients may experience stomach problems like cramping – bloating – & diarrhea. One way to be sure u’re getting enough calcium’s by taking supplements. You also may take in calcium in non-dairy products. Foods high in calcium include sardines – salmon – shrimp – co-oked / raw broccoli – turnip greens – almonds – tofu – & co-llards. Also available @ any grocery store’re products specifically made for Lactose Intolerant individuals. Lactose-free milk may be found in dairy section. Another good source of calcium’s most hard cheeses. Also available’re medications in pill form – if taken before co-nsuming dairy products shall help your body co-pe with lactose it’s taking in.
There’re liquid vitamins – may be co-nsumed @ any time to increase calcium intake &’ve been proved to co-mpletely absorb in body. Vitamin D also helps with calcium absorption. This important vitamin exists in skin &’s released _WHEN_ exposed to sun. Sun exposure for 10-15 minutes day shall help your body co-nvert Vitamin D into calcium. This should be done _WHEN_ sun’s high _BUT_ remember to protect your skin from UV rays of sun. You shouldn’t rely on sun exposure as your major source of calcium. If u’re protecting your skin – u also’re blocking _WHAT_ u need to produce calcium. In grocery store – u shall also find some juices & cereals enriched with Vitamin D.
Baby Boomers need to start rigement of exercise – healthier diet – & calcium supplements before they become seniors to pre-vent Osteoporosis. A little pre-vention now co-uld save u from pain of fractures in future … Aha !