I’m constantly spouting off about my fierce passion for fitness, but today I wanna delve into one specific reason maintaining an active lifestyle matters for the long-term.
That issue is Osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone mass and density to break down without regenerating new tissue. Ultimately, the bones will become weak and brittle, putting added stress on the skeletal system and increasing susceptibility to fractures.
Osteoporosis affects 40 million Americans each year on average, and there are several risk factors involved. These staggering statistics are particularly on my radar screen because, as a female with a small frame who suffered from anorexia during my early 20s, I exhibit an elevated risk of developing this illness later in life.
Three strikes against me — not the world’s greatest odds, huh? But that’s why I’ve begun preparing my body right now to delay or even prevent Osteoporosis onset in the future.
Do the following lifestyle, dietary, hereditary or hormonal predispositions sound familiar? If so, you too could be at risk.
Osteoporosis Vulnerability Increases When…
- You’re a woman.
- You’re aged 50 or over.
- Your build is fine-boned.
- Your thyroid is overactive.
- Your alcohol intake is excessive.
- You are routinely sedentary.
- You use tobacco products.
- You take corticosteroid medications.
- You have a calcium deficiency.
- You have a family history of the illness.
- You’ve had gastrointestinal surgery.
- You deal with eating disorder-induced caloric deficits.
So….yeah. Prevention matters, people! Especially because knee and hip operations — like the Zimmer Persona Knee Replacement, for example — are invasive and require revision surgery.
Instead, take necessary precautions by integrating physical exertion and balanced nutrition into your daily routine. These simple yet vital habits could mean the difference between (A) maintaining the longevity of strong, healthy bones, or (B) succumbing to chronic frailty, limited mobility and constant pain.
Which option seems more appealing? In my opinion, it’s a no-brainer. So, I’m taking action.
Literally. Taking ACTION. Like, getting off my ass and MOVING!
It’s about time our whole society followed suit. Then, the prevalence of Osteoporosis-related suffering might decline. You never know, right?
Want more preventative pointers? Check out this infographic, courtesy of American Recall Center: