Old age, unfortunately, comes with the following complications: heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. But, do you know a significant percentage of the population also meet their end due to fractures?
Bone fractures, especially hip fractures, are some of the most common causes of premature death among older men and women. A meta-analysis that looked into the data of more than 400,000 men and women over the age 50. The mortality rate was very high during the first three months of the fracture. The rate remained significant even after many years had already passed.
Why Does This Happen?
MEASURAbilities, LLC, a company that conducts various health risk assessments and recommendations, notes that there are two known reasons for this. One is aging, and the other is osteoporosis. When a person ages, the body also undergoes a lot of changes.
For example, you may realize you tend to gain weight much faster once you hit your thirties. It’s because your metabolism slows down significantly by then.
When you’re older, your bones can lose important minerals, such as calcium. Your muscles can atrophy, and your joints can show signs of wear and tear. All these can lead to bone weakness.
Another explanation is the risk of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation describes this disease as the body not creating enough bones or losing a lot of it. In the process, the bones become very brittle and porous. They can be so weak even bending over may already result in a fracture.
Here’s Some Support
Fractures usually happen when a person falls, and statistics suggest at least one-third of those 65 years old and above fall annually. The fear of this occurring is now driving a lot of older people to fear, which then results in immobility.
However, it can do more harm than good. A sedentary lifestyle can worsen the risks of bone loss and disease including osteoporosis.
What, therefore, one needs is adequate support especially in the home. An evaluation can be helpful in ensuring every living space is safe and eliminates the risk of fall and fracture.
Bone weakness does happen, but before it takes over your life, you can do something to reduce its ill effects in your lifestyle.