THE IMPORTANCE OF BONE AND JOINT HEALTH 

Bone and Joint Health Week is Oct. 12-20. To help you learn more about your bones and joints during this time, this article will cover what bones and joints are, what they do and why keeping your bones and joints in tip-top shape is important, and a list of tips to keep your bones and joints healthy.

BONES AND JOINTS

You probably already know the basics about these two highly-important bodily structures, but here is a review: Your bones are pieces of the skeletal structure that give the body a certain shape. Bones are made up mostly of collagen and calcium phosphate.

Joints are the connectors that join bones, teeth, and cartilage of the body to one another. Although there are several types of joints, the main joints are ball and socket joints, which are found in the knee; the hinge joint, which can be found between the fingers and toes; and gliding joints, which can be found between the tarsal bones of an ankle.

KEEPING BONES AND JOINTS HEALTHY

Healthy bones and joints are essential to a healthy body not only when you are older, but as you grow. Neglecting your bones and joints can quickly lead to a number of health issues that will make life harder and less enjoyable.

Let’s start with bones!

From the time you are born, your body begins to develop your bones. As you continue to grow, the cartilage in your bone also grows and it is slowly replaced by bone with the help of calcium. But, when you get much older, your body’s process of doing this becomes slower and slower, making your bones weaker. Some who suffer from this at an extreme have a bone disease called Osteoporosis. This disease happens when new bone creation doesn’t keep up with old bone removal. The condition is very common and is more likely to happen to those ages 41 and up.

Now, why is joint health so important?

You’ve probably seen commercials of seniors who look downtrodden after their grandchild asks them to play with them outside. They always seem to complain about arthritis and joint pain. Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints that can lead to stiffness and make it painful to walk or move. Many times, arthritis and joint pain affect those who are ages 41 and older, but some of the nearly 3 million U.S. cases a year suffer from it at a younger age.

As you can see by this information, keeping your bones and joints healthy will keep you feeling good in your older years.

A FEW TIPS TO KEEPING BONES AND JOINTS HEALTHY

Here are a few ways you can keep your bones and joints in tip-top shape:

  • Exercise and maintain a healthy body weight so you don’t put added pressure on your bones and joints.
  • Soak up the sun! Your body is in need of the vitamin D to absorb the calcium you need for healthy bones.