What Women Need to Know About Arthritis Prevention and Bone Health
Bone and joint health is an area that both men and women should be concerned about during the aging process. Post-menopausal women, however, need to be particularly aware of age-related bone and joint degeneration, because they have the highest risk for injuries and conditions associated with bone loss. Here is a look at some of the key facts about bone and joint health that women should be aware of.
Healthy habits can prevent bone loss
While you cannot control some risk factors for bone loss, such as your age, genetics, and gender, you can make some significant changes that will keep your bones healthy. For example, aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises can sustain bone health by improving circulation to ensure that your bones are provided with the nutrients they need to maintain proper mass. Consuming calcium-rich foods such as milk, leafy greens, and soybeans will also help nourish your bones so that they do not become weak and fragile.
Bone loss can worsen arthritis pain
When you have arthritis and you begin to experience bone loss, the pressure and inflammation in your joints may become progressively worse. Bone density loss also reduces stability within the joints, making injuries much more likely to happen.
Smoking can reduce bone mass
There are a number of reasons to quit smoking—especially as you get older. Smoking tobacco puts you at a much higher risk of osteoporosis, and it can impede the healing process if a bone fracture or joint injury does occur as the result of bone loss.
At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, we can help you stay in charge of your musculoskeletal health through our Total Joint Program. Our dedicated team of joint specialists is focused on patient-centered care, and they will help you determine the best treatment plan for your needs. To schedule services through our Total Joint Program or explore upcoming healthy living classes at our facilities, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727.