As we age our bones become less dense and fractures can occur.  In fact osteoporosis is the main reason for fractures in older adults. Osteoporosis causes your bones to become weak. But there are a few things you can do to help your bones. First off, if you are over 65 get a bone density test. It will tell you and your doctor just how strong and dense your bones are. Getting enough calcium is important to keeping bones healthy and strong.  You need about 1,000-1,200 mg a day.  Adults over 70 need 1,000-2,000 units of vitamin D per day.  The very best way to get enough vitamin D is by taking a supplement.  Getting some exercise is another way to keep bones healthy and strong.  Speak with your Loveland family practice doctor about getting enough exercise and taking a calcium supplement.

We all agree that staying healthy is so important when it comes living well.  When you work with your physician to manage your overall health it can really make a difference your life and help you to meet your wellness goals.  Regular screenings and regular check-ups can help you avoid serious health problems as well as diet and exercise.  All of these are major key components in your health and wellness.  It’s up to you to be diligent about making good health choices.  Who knew that the simple task of walking could be so beneficial to your health?  Daily walking can be as effective as other workouts for lowering stress levels, improving physical activity and fitness levels.  It also wards off high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.