During your adult life, bone density decreases progressively. Concerning people of retirement age and above, there is significant concern regarding osteoporosis. Bone mass loss is experienced by tens of thousands of individuals in the United States. Those numbers are alarming.
Is there a way to help prevent osteoporosis? Before we can answer that, let’s look at why those in their golden years are at risk for developing osteoporosis.
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
Once you reach retirement age, the risk of developing osteoporosis increases. But why?
- A valuable source of vitamin D may be missing. Your exposure to sunlight may lessen because your outdoor activity level drops.
- You may not flex or use your muscles, joints, and bones as much as you used to. So, they may experience a loss of coordination and strength.
- Vitamin D, calcium, and other bone-healthy nutrients may be lacking in the diet of someone in their retirement years. One reason is that a loss of appetite frequently accompanies aging.
Get regular exercise to help maintain bone density and improve bone mass. The loss of balance and the resulting fall will be less likely the more you increase joint and muscle strength.
You’ve heard it a million times, but here it is once more. If you smoke, you should stop. Numerous health complications can be the result of smoking in addition to speeding up bone loss.
Put Limits on Salt, Caffeine, and Alcohol
In general, salt and caffeine aren’t particularly healthy, but if you get enough calcium in your diet, they present less of a problem. More than two drinks a day, however, may increase your chance of a bone fracture because the risk of falling could be increased. Try to limit your alcohol intake.
A Healthy Diet
To support bone health, eat a well-balanced diet. That means plenty of protein, vitamin D, calcium, and other important nutrients. Be sure to include seafood and other protein-packed meats, hearty whole grains, and dark leafy vegetables in your daily intake.
In addition to all of the above-stated suggestions, one of the best tips is to make sure that the residence in which you live is safe. Falls can better be avoided if cords and loose rugs are removed and your home is well lit. Check with your doctor first, but you may also want to consider maintaining bone health and/or decreasing bone loss through the use of one of today’s many pharmaceutical products.
Eat Healthy and Exercise Regularly in Our Retirement Community
Whether you cook your own meals or take advantage of our restaurant-style dining opportunities, it’s important to eat healthy foods as you age. It’s also important to stay active. With numerous scheduled activities, game days, movie nights, exercise classes, and so much more, you will be able to keep your mind and body fit as you live your golden years in style. Our retirement community offers all of the amenities you could possibly want or need. Contact us to find out more!