Skeletons were on the prowl the past couple of weeks as Halloween came and went. Their frightfully eerie presence gave chills to many young children as they paraded on their trick-or-treat routes. The skeleton that rests within your body is more than just an image of holiday décor. It is what give your body its shape and provides support to your body.
What are bones, exactly? They most certainly are not sticks or pieces of wood, but they are living tissues that rebuild continually throughout your lifetime. As you age, there are three simple measures you can employ to make sure those bones stay strong and healthy: exercise regularly, get enough calcium, and get enough vitamin D.
Bones serve three main functions in the body. They serve to protect the internal organs and the body tissue. They allow for the muscles to anchor and to provide support for the entire body. Bones also give us our shape and our structure so that we are able to move. In order to maintain a strong body and stay in good physical condition, health bones are necessary.
Because bones are inside the body, detecting any symptoms or warning signs of disease or bone health issues is a challenge. When osteoporosis sets in, it is usually not evidenced initially by marked pain or other symptoms. Once the bones are weakened by this condition, however, back pain may present due to a collapsed or fractured vertebrae that was weakened by osteoporosis. Other issues, such as a gradual loss of height, stooped posture, fractures of the hips, wrist, or other bones may occur.
Many factors exist that can contribute to bone health issues. Women are twice as likely to have bone-related issues as are men. Age is also a contributing factor to bone disease, as the bones become weaker over time. Bone health issues even cross ethnic lines, affecting Caucasians and Southeast Asians to a greater degree than blacks or Hispanics. Excessive use of caffeine, tobacco, and not enough calcium are strong contributing factors to bone loss and fractures.