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Find Out The Basics About Your Bones Here

Your bone health shouldn't be taken lightly. Without healthy strong bones to support the structure of your body, it wouldn't be possible to lead an active life. To give them the best care it helps to know how they're made and what can affect them.

By Iva Kuck | April 21, 2017

Getting To Know Your Skeleton

  • Bone is made of a protein called collagen as well as calcium, magnesium and other minerals.
  • Bones undergo a process known as remodelling. Bone tissue is broken down and renewed to keep bones healthy and to repair any minor damage that may occur with wear and tear. By 17 years of age, 90 pe
  • By 17 years of age, 90 percent of bone growth is complete, which makes childhood the most important time for bone to be made.
  • From our 30s onwards, more bone is broken down than is made, resulting in a gradual decrease in bone strength as we age.
  • Hormones like oestrogen play a role in maintaining bone strength, so menopause – when women experience a significant drop in oestrogen levels – can result in rapid bone loss. It’s good to know though, that this rate of loss slows four to eight years after menopause.

You can still maintain healthy bones as you age in most cases prevent osteopenia (low bone density) and osteoporosis, a condition where bones become brittle and may fracture more easily. In fact, you can help to maintain your current bone density status by eating well, getting some sun, exercising, not smoking and decreasing your alcohol and caffeine intake.

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Why We Need Strong Bones

Besides making it possible for your body to move and be active, bones also:

  • Protect your internal organs
  • House bone marrow where blood cells are made
  • Store minerals like calcium

How strong your bones depend on many factors, including: 

  • Your genes
  • Your hormone levels
  • Your diet
  • How active you are

Some of these things you can’t control but there are plenty of steps you can take at any age to support your bones.

Text: Bauersyndication.com.au.

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