5 Good Reasons to Keep Your Bones Healthy
As humans, we are super considerate about conditions and ailments that appear with outward symptoms. When we notice our skin is dry, we buy ‘moisturizing’ products to eradicate the problem. Similarly, when we get a runny nose, we get a decongestant. However, we fail to notice silent conditions that might develop on the inside.
When we do not give complete care to both our internal and external health, we create imbalance and subject ourselves to potential illness or injury. Here are all the reasons bone health is so very important to us.
1. To Avoid Lowering You Quality of Life
Conditions caused by weak bones lead to injuries and frequent fractures. On top of that weak bone structure causes arthritis and may even be linked to diabetes. It also impairs one’s quality of life. People do not realize how dangerous fractures can be especially if you are over the age of 50. You may think that you are just clumsy when in fact you may be on the brink of a major health problem. Sometimes people do not recover from fractures on account of them damaging a critical area of the body’s skeleton.
2. Fractures Become More Frequent
People don’t believe that weak bones in the middle age can lead to extremely frail bones later in life. If you do not care for your bone health and end up getting a single fracture because of it, you may just risk yourself multiple fractures frequently. Experts believe that even when you may try to bend to pick something up, you may risk yourself to fracture your vertebrae. Therefore it is deemed crucial that as soon as you spot signs of weak bone density, get yourself checked and treated ASAP.
3. You Develop a Hump
Many people assume that a bad posture will give them a hump. A lot of women skip on having dairy food items because they think it will add weight, but later in life, the lack of calcium can lead to a hump on the back. With weak bones, the vertebrae collapse from the front, which not only develops a hump but also leads to loss of height. There is a term for this, Dowager’s Hump. Here the body compresses by a few inches and the vertebrae get smaller.
Shorter height is only one factor caused by the spine curving. The other result of a slumped forward spine is difficulty in taking deep breaths. Apart from being very dangerous Osteoporosis can leave one not be able to be as active as they like in their daily life.
4. Aches Become a Part of Daily Life
Fractures, which may be big or small can lead to chronic and acute pain. A lot of fractures are so small that you cannot notice them immediately. A lot of times it only occurs after a long time, however, when it happens it is very painful. Managing the pain of weak bones or fractures inflicted by it can be draining. In fact, it is not a once or twice in a lifetime kind of thing. Consult your physician if you are suffering from constant shoulder or ‘bone’ pain.
5. Bad Bones are depressing
Studies prove that women who suffer from low bone density are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression as compared to their peers who have healthy bones. This is mostly because of the intrusive effect weak bones have on one’s daily life, and sometimes the realization of not being able to do tasks that were once easy, and not being as active which is partly a way to combat the mood swings. Those who suffer from chronic pain have it even worse with a feeling of no way out.
Apart from indulging in healthy nutrition one thing most adults have difficulty getting enough of is physical activity. Enough exercise can lead to a healthy skeletal structure. The sad side to this is that too many adults cannot get the physical activity they need because of work constraints, and the illusion of getting plenty of activities with weekend workout programs. What this does instead is pushes the body too far and too fast which leads to injuries, painful strains, and muscle tear.
So even though we might not find time for moderate exercise, we must always remember to warm up in the beginning, cool down near the end, and never end the exercise without stretching. It is recommended that a person works out at least 3 times in a week.