What is Bone Density?
The Importance of Bones
Bones play a vital role in the movement, safety, and well-being of the human body. Serving as the structural foundation for our bodies, bones connect ligaments, tendons, and muscles to one another. It’s important to note that our bones are constantly changing and maturing in a process called remodeling. Remodeling is when bone tissue is naturally removed and new tissue takes its place, which allows your bones to maintain strength and durability. As we get older, the process of remodeling begins to slow down due to a decrease in osteoblasts — the cells that help bone tissue form. As remodeling slows down, our bones lose density and become more vulnerable to breaks or fractures, a condition that is known as osteoporosis.
Bone Density is the amount of bone mineral that is in your bone tissue. Maintaining your bone density is vital when it comes to preserving movement as we age. Typically your bones are increasing in maximum density from your teen years and bone density peaks in your early thirties. After your fourties, bone density gradually becomes lower and lower due to various factors.
Maintaining High Bone Density
If you scored lower than you would have liked during your Bone Densitometry, our professionals can work with you to develop a comprehensive plan that aims to build and strengthen your bone density. From various workout plans to nutritional supplements to changing your diet completely, we can help you reach a higher bone density in a matter of months.
We recommend the following common methods for preserving high bone density:
- Weight lifting
- Eating high-calcium foods like milk and cheese
- Making sure you are getting enough Vitamin D and K
- Eating a lot of vegetables/greens
There are plenty more ways that you can naturally increase your bone density and our staff would be happy to discuss these practices with you.