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The Importance of Bone Density

Bone Density

Strong bones are an often over-looked part of everyday health.  When bone density decreases, the likely-hood of broken bones and disability increases.  Often times bone density loss can seemingly come out of nowhere because without getting our bone density checked by a professional, we really can’t tell if we are maintaining healthy bones. 

 

 How to Promote Personal Bone Health

The best time to strengthen your bones is during childhood and adolescence, but there are steps that can be taken to ensure good bone health throughout your life time.  Bones weaken over time and it is important to take the necessary steps to promote good bone health in your everyday life.  So what can you do to encourage good bone health?  It’s simple:

     1.       Make sure you get the recommended amount of Vitamin D in your diet.  This is especially important in Canada where we don’t get as much sun in the winter.

     2.       Make sure you get the recommended amount of calcium in your diet.  Integrate foods like cheese, leafy greens, yogurt, legumes, almonds, into your diet.

     3.       Physical activity is important – especially weight bearing physical activity like running and walking. 

     What Contributes to Poor Bone Health?

There are a few factors that correlate with poor bone health:

     1.       Lack of exercise

     2.       Poor nutrition

     3.       Over consumption of caffeine

     4.       Over consumption of alcohol

     5.       Family history

     6.       Gender – Women are typically more at risk for Osteoporosis

When should I see a professional?

It is important for some people to get bone density exams.  If you are a postmenopausal woman over the age of 50 or a man between 50-64 with osteoporosis risk factors it is important to get tested.   It is also important for women or men over 65 or men without risk factors to get checked for bone density levels.

Getting bone density tested is an easy and non-painful procedure.  Getting tested can help you determine what steps you’ll need to take to continue to promote bone health in your everyday life.