Last January, I wrote a post about why the issue of osteoporosis is close to my heart. I’m osteopenic — and all these years I have been trying to keep my body condition from deteriorating to the point where I would be at high risk of osteoporosis.
The background on why I think I became osteopenic and what I’m doing about it can be read HERE.
We really don’t think of it. I know I fail at that many times too. But we tend to overlook the health of our bones. We take in too much caffeine, sleep late, eat unhealthy and take in too little calcium. Many of us lead sedentary lives and hardly ever go out in the sun. I have to keep reminding myself that if I want to stay active well into my senior years, I just cannot afford to get a fracture – anywhere. A bad fall, a twisted limb, or any other sudden movement in the wrong way could really injure me if my bones are weak. And I really cannot imagine how my present active life can suddenly be curtailed if I can no longer be mobile due to fracture or worse, broken bones.
At a recent intimate gathering with the people behind Anlene, I learned more about osteoporosis and how it is affecting people worldwide as well as close to home – how many Filipinos are going about their daily lives without realizing they’re already at risk of becoming osteoporotic. From the pics below, what’s really important when it comes to bones is DENSITY. The denser the bones, the stronger these are. When bones have lots of gaping spaces, that is when fractures are more likely.
Once bones lose density, nothing can gain this back. At the very least, you can just arrest and delay its further deterioration. That is why once you know where you stand in the spectrum of osteoporotic risk, intervention is needed for those at risk while those still at low risk can also take supplements to ensure they stay in that category.
|Left photos show healthy bones. Right ones show osteoporotic bones.|
In this fight against osteoporosis, I am happy with how Anlene has been so active in coming up with products that help prevent osteoporosis or delay the deterioration of those who are osteopenic like me.
|Graph on left shows improvement in the women made to take Anlene
compared to those in the right who were non-Anlene drinkers.
Eating a balanced diet rich in calcium, protein and vitamin D; regular exercise especially weight-bearing ones; and a healthy lifestyle can all contribute to keeping bones healthy well into your senior years.