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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.
What do bones, muscles, strength, and balance all have in common? Protein! Where can you get protein? In your diet.
I recently saw a patient who has severe osteoporosis with stress fracture. She has thin, weak muscles. Consequently, she moves very slowly, has difficulty getting out of a chair or climbing stairs, or even walking fast enough to keep up with her friends. And her diet has virtually no protein.
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.