Prevention for osteoporosis begins early in life, but there are still ways to protect your bones regardless of your age. We know that as we age our bones grow weaker as a natural part of our aging process. We also know that calcium in our diet help to provide stronger bones. So what are some ways that you can help to protect your bones.

What we know:

  • Osteoporosis affects both men and women.
  • Even with bone density loss, you can make bones stronger.
  • Between six months and a year of having a hip fracture, one-quarter of people will pass away.
  • There are many factors that affect bone density, not just falls.
  • Osteoporosis is not just a seniors health disease.
  • What can you do to help protect your bones?
The best thing to do is see your doctor so that you both can understand the condition of your bones. With doctor approval, you can focus on low impact exercise. You can improve your dies by avoiding carbon based beverages and including more calcium rich foods.
A key component in bone health is Vitamin D. Studies show that Vitamin D is essential for your body to absorb and utilize calcium. Even if you are getting plenty of calcium if you are not getting adequate amounts of Vitamin D your body may not be absorbing the calcium from your diet.

A good tool for your doctor to use is a bone mass measurement. The results will show your bone health. From there, you can judge how aggressive you need to be. As time passes, a bone density test will help you track how well your methods for improving bone health are working.

Bone Health and Medicare

Medicare Part B covers most bone density tests. There are a few circumstances that need to be met before the procedure becomes a covered expense. Your doctor needs to show that you are at risk for osteoporosis either due to low estrogen levels.

Estrogen plays a role in keeping bones healthy. Evidence can also be gleaned from X-Rays that may show bone loss or bone density problems. Your current pharmaceutical regiment may also warrant a bone density test that is covered by Medicare Part B.

Seniors who take prednisone or other steroid based drugs are usually eligible. Even if you have not begun taking steroids you may be eligible. The same is true for those seniors who need to keep track of their bone health because of treatment for osteoporosis.

There are a lot of reason to take care of your bones. In fact, there are 206 reasons. That is the number of bones in the human body. Bone health becomes more important as we grow older, but it is just as important when we are young. What we eat, how we exercise, and even injuries can cause problems later in life. Be proactive about your bone health now, and reap the rewards later.