Your bones are like your bank accounts: the more you put into them when you’re still young, the more “bone capital” you have to draw on when you get older and you need harder bones.
And the reason you need to make your bones as hard as you can while you’re still young – this is done through eating well and doing weight-bearing exercise such as jumping and skipping and running, activities that come naturally to kids who are allowed to just play. Something that is becoming rarer and rarer, alas, in this new overly-scheduled, wired and connected era – is that bones start to get steadily weaker (we often refer to this as softening) from the age of about 25 on.
And if the bones weaken enough, you end up with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis should never be ignored because bone fractures – no matter where they occur – can leave you with a pile of huge problems including lifelong pain (such as in fractures of the spine, for example), loss of function of parts of limbs (in wrist fractures, for example), loss of independence (such as through fractures of the hip) and even premature death.
In fact, one study found that any fracture in a person over the age of 50 doubles the risk of premature death, although no one is sure about why there is that link.
One other very important thing of note about osteoporosis: it is often referred to as a women’s disease but in fact, men get it, too, although not quite as frequently.
The bottom line is that you need to do something – actually a few things – about osteoporosis if you don’t want to suffer some if its potentially debilitating effects.
This starts with prevention, of course: weight-bearing exercise throughout life, healthy diet, not smoking, knowing which medications can raise your risk, and so on.
And if you already have osteoporosis, it’s very important to inform yourself about a few issues: the extent of the condition, what you can do on your own to slow down its progress, what you must do to prevent falling, which is of course, the major reason that bones break, and most important, the pros and cons of the medications you might be asked to consider taking.
Take a proactive approach to protecting your long-term bone health by attending a London Drugs Osteoporosis Screening Clinic*. During the 45-minute, one-on-one consultation, your Patient Care Pharmacist will provide you with a one-on-one screening to measure your bone strength with an ultrasound bone measuring device and assess your risk for falls and fractures. You will be provided with an assessment, tips on how to minimize your risks and a personalized action plan to fit your wellness goals.
Book your appointment online at London Drugs’ NEW pharmacy website.
*A small fee applies for this service, for which a tax deductible receipt will be issued.
Osteoporosis Screening Clinics return for two days at London Drugs in Tillicum Centre
As individuals continue to focus on their health there are many tools available to provide guidance on health goals. One area of health people may not consider is the health of their bones. London Drugs is announcing the return of their Osteoporosis Screening Clinics to give individuals an overview of their bone health. For two days only, London Drugs Victoria customers will have an opportunity to book an appointment with a pharmacist.
Compared with other diseases of aging, such as cancer or heart disease, osteoporosis seems less threatening. Yet fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. For Canadians, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease is a leading cause of disability. From hip fractures to collapsed spines, the effects can be devastating and severely restrict mobility.
Part of the reason for these fractures is the fact that very few people are aware of their bone density. Since osteoporosis progresses silently, often the frst indication of its presence is a fracture (some people’s bones are so fragile that even a hug
can cause a fracture). During their lifetime, at least one in three women and one in fve men will suffer a broken bone as a result of having osteoporosis. READ MORE
Celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston have recently brought the ‘alkaline lifestyle’ to the forefront, causing one to immediately wonder: is this another fad diet? What is alkalinity really all about?
Here are the basics: Your body must maintain a pH balance of about 7.4 to survive, and your internal systems work hard to maintain this balance. Your pH is impacted by the food and drink that we consume, which are either acidic (lower than pH 7) or alkaline (higher than pH 7). Over the last near century, our diets have changed significantly to incorporate large amounts of dairy, animal protein, processed foods, and sugar-laden drinks and desserts – all of which are acidic.
Wait, there’s more.
What I was going to say is that older I get, the more worried I get about falling.
First, falling in public – even in private – is very undignified; it’s always a blow to one’s self-image in that you weren’t able to control your body enough to prevent that happening, and although young people brush it off with a smirk or even a smile, seniors don’t do that nearly as well.
Spring is here! With the snow melting and weather warming, it’s the perfect opportunity to get up on your feet and out the house! Unless… it makes you feel worse because of the pain in your knees…
You may possibly have osteoarthritis. It is a condition where the padding between the joints – whether in the knees, hips, or fingers – wears down. This is different from rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition. Osteoarthritis is more prevalent with increasing age, as the padding stiffens and thins out.
Hello, I’m Pindy Janda and welcome back to my journey in personal wellness. Ever think that osteoporosis is something that happens to other people? Why should I worry about it? I’m not “old” yet! … well, think again!
Just by the very nature of bone activity in the body, I am very close to the age of a decline in bone density. Various lifestyle choices can help maintain bone strength.