Strong Women, Weak Bones

weak bones in women

Do your joints feel stiff when you get out of bed? Are your knees cracking on climbing stairs? Weak bones in women are extremely common nowadays, and it should not be ignored.

According to recent studies, 46% of India’s population comprises of women above 50. 68% of who suffer from osteoporosis. However, younger women may also suffer from weak bones due to Vitamin D and/or Calcium deficiencies, poor diet, lack of exercise, etc.

Though anyone can have weak bones, its prevalence is much higher in women owing to constitutionally thinner bones. The risk increases further after menopause as depleted estrogen levels lead to increased wear and tear of bones decreasing the peak bone density, which brings us to the question: How do we avoid it?

Contrary to belief, it is never too late to start taking care of your bones. Walking, cycling and yoga help slow down bone degeneration while incorporating fortified milk, cereals, fish and green vegetables in your diet increases bone strength. Lastly, getting vitamin D and calcium levels checked regularly is a good practice.

So let us follow the oldest of axioms ‘prevention is better than cure’ and work towards a better health.

Author: Dr. Abhishek Chaudhuri

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