Many people think that osteoporosis is only a disease that strikes older women. Not true. It can strike at any age. In fact, an estimated 10 million Americans are already affected by the disease and 34 million are estimated to be at risk.
Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and tissue deterioration. The disease can lead to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures, especially in the hip, spine and wrist. As you know, a bone fracture is not fun. Think about all the hospital bills, the hassle of not being able to do what you normally do, and the constant frustration.
Although anyone is at risk for osteoporosis, women are especially at risk. Post-menopausal women can lose up to 20% of their bone mass, dramatically increasing their risk. Also, children are in need of additional calcium as their skeletons and bones grow and form. Inadequate supplies of calcium during this crucial time can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis later in life. Plus, if you are pregnant, your body needs enough calcium and magnesium to make a whole baby's bone structure! If you aren't getting enough, your body will take it out of your own bones - not a good situation!
I have been taking extra calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D in my Osteomatrix. I chose this supplement because it not only does it have the nutrients (calcium, magnesium, Vit D, Vit K, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese) to help build strong bones and teeth, it also helps retain normal blood pressure, assists in muscle contraction and nerve transmission, and helps reduce PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramps, water retention, irritability and moodiness.
Another key component of preventing osteoporosis is, of course, healthy eating and exercise! I always remind my clients that when we are working out and burning calories, not only are we building muscle, but we are strengthening our bones! Jumping and weight training are two great ways to build up your bones!
Remember, what you do now and how you take care of yourself now affects you, not only now, but in the future! Take care of your body because it is the only one you get!