F Simple and Serene Living: LET'S TALK SKELETONS 09 10
Saturday, September 30, 2017

LET'S TALK SKELETONS

I know what you are thinking. That Laura, she is really getting into the Halloween spirit. 

Well, not exactly. The skeletons I am talking about are the ones in our living/aging bodies. 


My mom who is 93 has lost over 5 inches in height. She started out at a stately 5' 2" and is now 4' 8 3/4". She has said that if she keeps up at this pace she is going to just be a grease spot on the pavement. 

I don't know about you, but I hope to at least not lose quite that much, even though I am taller than she was. So far I am exactly the same height as I was at age 21. 


Osteoporosis is a real concern for all women. As we age our bones may become thinner and weaker. 

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't keep up with the removal of old bone.
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women — especially older women who are past menopause — are at highest risk. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.

My mom has been told that her bones are see through. Her mom fell and broke her hip so I am concerned for my mom falling. She has finally agreed to let me take her to get a walker. I had to bribe her by telling her I would go to the mall shopping with her if she did. 
I was told a couple of years ago, after a bone scan, that I have mild osteoporosis on one hip and osteopenia in my spine. That means my bone density is below normal and could progress to osteoporosis.

There are ways to prevent osteoporosis. You can build strong bones with a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D and by doing weight bearing exercises. 
Every day as I walk through the mall I tell myself that my bones and overall health will thank me. Every time I say no thank you to unhealthy foods (which is definitely not easy) I remind myself that I want to remain strong for myself and my family. 
It is never too early or too late to start taking better care of your skeleton. October is a good time to start as we see all those skeletons hanging around everywhere, because there is nothing scarier than unhealthy bones. 


8 comments:

  1. Due to my ankle, my surgeon has me on vitamin D twice per day.
    Brenda

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    1. I was low in vitamin D a ew years ago and had to take prescription vitamin D for it. It can be hard to keep it up to the levels where it should be. Glad your doctor is on top of it.

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  2. I think the previous generation is much more prone to osteoporosis than our generation, Laura (although I may be wrong about that). So far, knock on wood, I have not had any bone loss and I thank the Lord for that. Hope you have a good night and I would hate to see your mom become a grease spot. I see she has a sense of humor about it anyway! lol xo Diana

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    1. Doctors have told me that because I am so fair and with my family history I am at a much higher risk for it. I hope your bones remain strong, Diana. My mom does have a pretty good sense of humor. :)

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  3. Good for you Laura. I am lucky to say I have not had bone loss at age 59. That is a blessing since I had a hysterectomy at age 34 and could not take hormone replacement with the breast cancer that runs in my family. So I feel lucky that I have not had bone loss with no hormones for the past years to now. I think weight bearing exercise is the best. I find that has helped me. Glad you are taking good care and I think it is great you got your mom to use a walker. With brittle bones it does not take much to break a hip. Have a good start to the new week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  4. Thanks for this post, Laura. I hope your mom will like her walker :)

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  5. Good reminder to our generation! I had my bone density tested 5 years ago and it was excellent, but I was a runner, which helped, I'm sure. My 86 year old mother has lost 6 inches to date. She still drives but if she was younger than 8 years old, she would be required (by law) to use a booster seat.

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