Myth: Only women aged above 50 face low bone density problems

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 01, 2014 18:17 hrs

That’s exactly where we’ve gone wrong. For decades, bone health has been a matter of concern for children and older individuals primarily. Recent research in this field has, however, unraveled this myth.

Women in their early 30’s have been found to have low bone density. These studies indicate that one out of two women suffers from the condition. 

But what does bone density really mean? Bone density refers to the mineral matter per square centimeter of bones (Wikipedia).

As we age, our bones get thinner and hence weaker. Thus, they fracture more easily and also take longer to heal. Ailments such as Osteopenia, and in later stages, Osteoporosis often develop.

With low bone density, the chances of facing these complications are higher than normal.

Women face a greater risk of having low bone density because they have a smaller bone structure, ergo less bone mass. Starting from the early 30’s, bone density begins to decline amongst women.

This is problematic because of the future risks involved, as well as the hindrance it can cause to daily lives, especially for those with active lifestyles. 

The causes of lowering bone density are few, and primarily pertain to heredity and lifestyle. Research has shown that genetics plays a crucial role in its onset. If family members have the condition, it is likely to develop.

Moreover, individuals who are thin or small-framed are more at risk. Low oestrogen levels that cause infrequent or irregular periods, directly lead to low bone density.

Vitamin D and Calcium deficiencies are also accountable. With respect to lifestyle, poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and insufficient exercise contribute to its occurrence.

Bearing all this in mind, it’s imperative to take preventive action in good time. Yoga, Pilates, physical fitness and training successfully increase bone strength, but do not provide the Vitamin D and Calcium required to maintain the mineral content.Low bone density is a condition that cannot be cured; however, precautionary methods go a long way in laying the foundation for healthy bones and overall wellness in the future.

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