Our skeletons are replaced every seven years!
This is because our bones are living tissues.
Our bones have a hard outer shell and a spongy bone matrix inside that contains cells that both build-up healthy bone tissue and remove old, damaged bone tissue. This is known as a bone ‘remodelling’ process. It is vital that this balance between the build-up and removal of bone tissue is maintained for optimal bone health. More importantly, this balance should be maintained throughout a person’s life.
There are three key ingredients that work together to develop and maintain healthy bones:
What happens if I don’t maintain strong, healthy bones?
If you don’t maintain the health of your bones, the balance between the build-up of bone (absorption) and bone-breakdown (resorption) is disrupted. If your bone-breakdown is greater than your build-up of bone, your bones will gradually become more porous (lighter, less dense), weaker and can fracture more easily.
Bone loss occurs naturally as we age. Our bones gradually lose density and become weaker, increasing the risk for fractures. However, bone strength and density can be improved during childhood and adolescence, when the skeleton grows most intensively. Therefore, the higher the peak bone mass gained at a younger age, the longer the bone mass can be preserved.
Learn more about bone health in your early years.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become porous and more susceptible to fractures, especially of the spine, hip and wrist. It is very common, affecting 1 in 3 women over the age of 50, and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50.
There is no cure for Osteoporosis! That is why prevention is as important as treatment. Preventative measures aim to ensure maximum accumulation and reduced loss of bone tissue during each stage of life.
Support your bones
There are certain lifestyle changes you can make to support your bone health. These four simple habits can help prevent bone loss:
Eat a balanced diet rich in calcium
Calcium helps reduce your risk of osteoporosis and is important for people of all genders and ages at every stage of your life.
Take a calcium supplement that contains Vitamin K2 for effective calcium utilisation
MenaCal.7 TM is a unique combination of calcium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 (as K2VITAL®) for safe and effective calcium utilisation.
Regular weight-bearing exercise
The best exercise for your bones is the weight-bearing kind. This includes weight-training, walking, hiking, climbing stairs or dancing.
Stop smoking and avoid excessive alcohol intake
Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are both risk factors for osteoporosis.