May is packed with national holidays and things to celebrate! However, it’s time to talk about something a little more serious. National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone that osteoporosis is something we all need to think about no matter what age you are.
First thing’s first. What is osteoporosis? It’s a bone disease where your body loses too much bone or doesn’t make enough in the first place (or both). It’s a serious issue because a simple slip could lead to a broken bone. It’s most common for people over the age of 50. It is typically more of a problem for women because estrogen begins to decrease after menopause (which protects your bones). It’s also worse because women tend to have thinner bones than men to begin with, and therefore less bone to lose. So when you reach 50+ it’s a good idea to look into getting bone density test done.
Thing is, it’s a mistake to think you only have to worry about this when you’re 50. No matter how old you are, you need to start thinking about what you need to do to have healthy bones for the future. Everyone needs to be eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of vitamin D and calcium (because you need both!). Don’t smoke or drink, and exercise. It’s simple stuff, but will make a world of difference later on.
At Adagio Health, we know the importance of starting early. Our Power Up program teaches elementary school kids about good nutrition and how to have strong bones and teeth. WIC helps pregnant women and young children learn about and get the needed nutrients to stay healthy.
The key here is that you need to be proactive when it comes to bone health. Bone loss is inevitable; your best defense is to do what you can as early as possible to prevent osteoporosis. From babies to adults, it’s always the right stage to start building stronger bones. Talk to the nutritionists at Adagio Health to find out more about what’s best for you at your stage.
Learn more about osteoporosis and how it affects women: