5 things you must know for healthy bones and joints
1. Rest is not always the best
Except in acute situations, it is better to keep moving around. Rest compounds the muscle loss resulting in decreased strength, stamina and endurance. Reflexes also start getting sluggish, making you more prone to falls and fractures.
2. Calcium supplementation may not make strong bones, excess of everything is bad
Surplus calcium makes you prone to kidney stones. In the older population, musculoskeletal disability affecting the outdoor movements is a big issue and arthritis
and osteoporotic fractures are the main causes. Instead of ingesting supplements, understand the cause and get it rectified for sound bone health.
3. Osteoporosis, a bone disease, starts in your childhood
True that, osteoporosis
manifests itself in old age, but the foundation is laid in your early childhood. Your bones are made in the formative years and if they are dense and strong, the onset of osteoporosis (and fractures too!) is also delayed. Hence, the treatment for the weak bones should start in the growing years only.
4. Preventing bone loss is the key to osteoporosis management, building bones is the way to go forward now.
Once osteoporosis sets in, the emphasis is on the bone-building rather than preventing loss. You cannot guard an empty vault. Synthetic hormones are an option for bone building. However, they can be used only once in a lifetime, so, your doctor has to take a judicious decision.
5. Stem Cells and PRP cells can treat arthritis but healthy eating and regular exercise is the solution.
A lot of trials have been done to reverse the degenerative changes of arthritis with the help of stem and Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) cells. Unfortunately, the ageing process cannot be stopped or reversed by any means except for a healthy diet and regular exercises. PRP cells (collected from the patient’s own blood) may give some relief in injuries, but not in degenerative conditions.