It's never too late to help support the health of your bones.
|OCT. 28, 2022||4 MINUTE READ|
Doctors most often test for density using a specialized X-ray device called a DEXA scan. When test results show a decreased density score, it can indicate osteopenia or osteoporosis. Borderline scores signal osteopenia, meaning you are at risk of developing osteoporosis, or weakened bone density.
Most women aged 65 and older should have a DEXA scan. Anyone at risk for osteoporosis, including men aged 70 and older as well as anyone who is losing height, should also talk to their doctor about getting a DEXA scan.
Why Do Bones Lose Density as You Age?
The human body is constantly remodeling, breaking down old bone (and bone minerals) and replacing it with new bone. Until around age 30, your body builds new bone faster than it degrades old bone.
Over time, the building slows. Around age 40, you begin to lose bone minerals faster than you can create new bone minerals. As a result, your bone density decreases and your bones tend to become more porous and brittle.
More than 1 in 10 American adults aged 50 and older have osteoporosis. It's the most common form of bone disease and can cause a hunched posture, lost height and fractures to the spine or hips, among other complications. Hip fractures are associated with long-term disabilities and may increase risk of death.
How Can You Support Bone Health as You Age?
While peak bone density naturally occurs around age 30 and begins declining around age 40, there are actions you can take to help support bone health at any age. By prioritizing nutrition, you can effectively help to slow bone loss and reduce your risk of osteoporosis and its side effects, such as broken bones and fractures:
Nutrition and health go together. After all, it's food that fuels every cell in your body and supports your muscles for strength. Optimizing your diet to maximize your health doesn’t have to be difficult. By focusing on a variety of foods and nutrients, you can help support your strength, and energy.
Here are six strategies to improve your nutrition decisions.
Getting the right amount of protein in your diet is important for healthy living. Protein is in every cell in the body from our muscles, to our organs, skin and even our hormones. It helps with muscle building, strength and energy and eating enough is important to keeping your body running smoothly.
However, recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data from researchers at Abbott and the Ohio State University found that more than 1 in 3 of adults over 50 years old are not getting the daily recommended amount of protein they need. And because we may begin to naturally lose muscle after we turn 40 — as much as 8 percent of overall muscle mass every decade — getting enough protein as we age is even more important.
NUTRITION IS THE FOUNDATION FOR LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE. THAT’S WHY WE WORK HARD TO ADVANCE AND SHARE THE LATEST SCIENCE AND CREATE BETTER WAYS TO NOURISH YOUR BODY AT EVERY STAGE OF LIFE.
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