Each time I research a new topic for discussion, it amazes me how much women have to deal with in their lifetimes. We give birth and the rest of our bodies seem to take a hit sometime afterward. Even for some women that were not fortunate enough to be mothers, if their hormonal systems are askew, they are in trouble health-wise, too!
Statistics show that about 50% of all women over the age of 50 will have a fractured hip, wrist, or vertebra (a spinal bone) during their lifetime. Depending on when the fracture occurs and how the woman’s health is at the time, will be a determinate for healing and if Osteoporosis will set in.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), bone is living tissue. As bone ages, it is replaced with new bone, however, if the person has Osteoporosis, their body may fail to form enough new bone to replace the old bone. The resulting factor is that when too much existing bone is reabsorbed by the body, the bones tend to fail. This is when things can get really nasty for your female clientele!
That is why calcium intake is extremely important, especially for women. In order for our bones to form, calcium is required. If your clients are not getting enough of this very important mineral and Vitamin D, or their bodies are not absorbing enough calcium from their diet, then their bones may develop the tendency to become brittle and break.
There are situations where you and your client are doing everything that you can to keep them healthy, but bone loss still may occur. More bone loss has been discovered for Caucasian women than in other women. Sometimes this is hereditary and sometimes not.
As we continue with the Osteoporosis discussion, it is important for you to discuss the situation with your clients. Ask them about their mothers, aunts and grandmothers. Try to determine if there were previous issues.
Everything you can do ahead of time will help you show your clients that you believe that With Age Comes Respect!