From Sound Dietitians, a partner of the Verdant Health Commission. View the complete blog post and recipes from Sound Dietitians at www.sounddietitians.com/sd-blog/nutrition-and-bone-health.
Let’s Talk Bones
Bone is a living, growing tissue, composed mainly of a protein called collagen, which allows our bones to be flexible. In addition to collagen, calcium phosphate, a mineral, provides the bones with strength and stability. This is important since our bones provide structural support for our bodies.
Our bones protect many of our vital organs such as the heart, liver, lungs, brain and spinal cord. They also play an important role in the regulation of calcium and blood sugar.
Throughout our life, our bones are continuously being broken down and rebuilt. As we age more bone is broken down than is replaced, making it important to build and maintain strong bones early in life.
- Is characterized by a weakening of the bones, making them more likely to break.
- Areas most commonly affected include the spine, hips, and wrists.
- Is more prevalent among women than men. Women‘s bones are typically smaller and thinner.
- Affects about 20% of women over age 50.
- In the first several years following menopause, women can lose bone at a much faster rate due to decreased estrogen production.
- By age 65, the rate of bone loss for women and men equalizes. In men, the production of testosterone can decline resulting in greater bone loss.
View the complete blog post by Colleen, a registered dietitian, to learn about risk factors and what you can do to maintain optimal bone health.