Why is bone health important?
Your bones are continuously changing. Your body makes new bone and old bone is broken down. When you’re young, your body makes new bone faster than it breaks down the old, and your bone mass increases. Most people reach their peak bone mass around age 30. After that, you lose slightly more than you gain.
How likely you are to develop osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle, depends on how much bone mass you have at age 30 and how quickly your body loses it later. The higher your peak bone mass, the less likely you are to develop osteoporosis as you age.
A number of factors can affect bone health, and many can be managed during adulthood to help you and your bones age well:
– Amount of calcium in your diet
– Physical activity level
– Avoiding substance abuse, tobacco usage and excessive alcohol consumption
– Genetic makeup, including race, frame size and family history
– Hormone levels
– Diet or eating disorders
– Certain medications
If you’re concerned about osteoporosis or wish to consult with Dr. Castleberry about healthy lifestyle and age management measures that can help insure your bone health, call our office at 662-324-1097 or toll free at 1-877-285-3875 to schedule your appointment.