Your Bones Your Body

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bones play many roles in the bodyproviding structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium. While its particularly important to take steps to build strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too. Dr. Edward Hill explains how in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Maintaining strong, healthy bones is essential as we grow older. Daily doses of calcium and vitamin D, along with exercise, can help the body fight against bone loss. When the body lacks these vital nutrients or muscle-building activities, common bone problems often occur, including:

Osteoporosis. This disease silently weakens the bones, which increases the chances of fractures and is common in older women.

Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic disorder that causes the bone to break very easily.

Pagets Disease, which causes the bones in your body to grow larger and weaker than normal, and

Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis and occurs when cartilage in your joints is worn down over time.

Diet and exercise play important roles in bone health. A diet low in calcium contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures. And people who are physically inactive have a higher risk of osteoporosis than do their more-active counterparts.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.