Archive for the ‘Bone Health’ Category
A good question from a woman who had brought her mother in for treatment of osteoporosis with complications. I answered, “when you are as old as she is”, pointing to her teen-age daughter. That shocked all three women!
Gradual deterioration of bone is a natural process that begins at about age 30. Before age 30 your bones are building up – but only if you are getting enough calcium, Vitamin D3, Magnesium, protein and vigorous exercise, like running or aerobics.
Sarcopenia (sar-co-pee-nee-uh) is decreased muscle mass and strength. Sarcopenia plays a major role in falls and fractures. Sarcopenia weakens bones.
Sarcopenia, a relatively new concept, was discussed at the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) last month. Understanding and treating sarcopenia helps prevent osteoporosis and fractures.
Mothers sacrifice many things for their children. But did you know that they sacrifice their bones? Children come first, even at the xpense of the mother’s bone health.
Before childbirth, protein, calcium, and other nutrients are directed toward the baby, at the expense of the mother’s health if necessary. After childbirth it gets worse. Nursing mothers must supply enough calcium, protein and other nutrients for the child to more than double in size. Bones are particularly hard hit as the baby’s bones begin to take on more and more calcium.