Why bones break more easily after 50
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It may be a bone-chilling fact, but we know that the chance of breaking a bone increases significantly after age 50, especially for women. We know b...
It may be a bone-chilling fact, but we know that the chance of breaking a bone increases significantly after age 50, especially for women. We know bones lose mass as they age. However, a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says what makes them become brittle is more complicated than that. He literally looks inside our skeletons to discover what else happens to bones as they age in hopes of finding more effective ways to make them strong.
Oct 31, 2011
I'm a 68 year old male and I have no idea of the quality nor density of my bones, but I practice aikido several hours a week where we throw each other around and land on 2+" thick foam mats. I've experienced no diminishment of my ability to move or the strength and agility of my muscles and joints over the last 15 years of doing aikido. My laymen's theory is that after being repeatedly thrown 10' through the air and landing (always safely) that the jarring or impact keeps my bones stronger because of the use it or loose it part of body maintenance. Jogging also jars the bones, but because it is so repetitive and in the same direction and is done on such hard surfaces, I think the joints suffer more over the years than the more random jarring of landing on a mat. I'm a physicist by training, so don't know the physiology and medical effect of my sport, but have a good feeling about it. I'm also vegan and know animal products in the diet diminish blood flow to all parts of the body which may effect bone health.
Yeah, makes a lot of sense that the quality of the bone is just as important as the mass but how to do that: Nutrition? Exercise? Both? All he said was they hope to make a "pill" ! How about we actually talk about how taking better care of our bodies instead of relying on pills?