As we advance in age, life seems to always have more of a bone to pick with us. In some cases, that’s quite literal, as bone health problems seem to plague people who are past a certain age, and conditions such as osteoporosis are pretty frequent.
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by low bone density and increased bone fragility, making individuals more prone to fractures, especially in the spine, hip, and wrist. It occurs when the body loses too much bone mass or doesn’t produce enough bone mass as part of the natural aging process. As a result, bones become porous and brittle, increasing the risk of fractures even with minor injuries or falls.
Factors that contribute to the development of osteoporosis and other bone health problems in old age include:
- Decreased calcium absorption required for maintaining strong bones;
- Hormonal changes, affecting both men and women in varying ways past age 40;
- Reduced physical activity leading to decreased muscle strength and bone density;
- Poor nutrition, including an inadequate intake of essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D, that weakens the bones;
- Chronic health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gastrointestinal disorders, which can negatively impact bone health over time;
- The long-term use of certain medications, like corticosteroids, sometimes to bone loss during old age.
It is essential for older adults to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and consulting with healthcare professionals at a Endovascular Clinic to assess and address any bone health concerns.