The Gift of Stronger Bones is the Top Gift You Can Give Yourself ​[What Is Bone Density Loss Anyway?]

Stronger bones; we understand that this may not be something you’d think you’d want to gift yourself. However, when you learn more about “what is bone density loss,” we believe you’ll start to see the importance; there is a bigger picture. 

We receive a lot of questions about bones here at StrengthX because that topic isn’t on the “health priority” list as we grow up. There is a tipping point when it does become a conversation point, but we feel that it’s way later than it should be. We can talk about promoting healthy bones way before we reach our 60s! 

Some of the top questions we receive include:

  • when to start bone density screening
  • what’s bone density
  • What is bone density loss
  • what promotes bone growth
  • why bone density is important
  • what stimulates bone growth

Here we’ll break down some of these answers and help push the “selling point” that we really should give ourselves the gift of stronger bones way earlier in life! (If your birthday is coming up, treat yourself to inquiring into your bone health!) 

When to start bone density screening? 

The short answer is ASAP. Longer answer: Waiting until we get into our 60s to talk about bone health seems counterintuitive. Doesn’t it seem a lot smarter to talk about bone health 20-30 years before that time so we can ensure our bones are in tip-top shape? As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That makes a lot of sense in our book. 

With that said, you can come to StrengthX to get the Echolight Scan (you can learn more here on that) which is $150.00 that includes the in-depth scan and full consultation with Dr. Mike. If you’re not in the Asheville, NC region, you can find someone in your region (hopefully) that can provide you with an Echolight Scan. This is a perfect way to kick things off so that you can understand more about what your bones are saying right now. 

What’s bone density? 

Bone density is the measurement of minerals in your bone tissue, and the main components of your bones are collagen and calcium phosphate. Put simply, your bone density is how porous your bones are, and less-dense bones are more likely to break. A bone density test measures how much mineral, such as calcium, you have in your bones. 

What is bone density loss? 

Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Bone density is the amount of bone tissue in your bones, which can considerably decrease with age. Losing bone density can lead to bone fractures (broken bones), and the trauma of a fracture can cause a slew of other issues down the line. Immediate understanding of the trauma that fractures can cause may not be known for some time. 

However, it’s essential to realize that bone density doesn’t provide a whole picture of bone health, and a denser bone is not always a stronger bone. 

An excellent equation that The Central Carolina Orthopaedic team talks about is: 

“BONE STRENGTH = BONE DENSITY + BONE QUALITY. Bone strength describes a bone’s resistance to fragility fractures. The stronger your bones, the less likely they are to break!”

To get a complete picture of bone strength, that’s where the Echolight Scan technology comes into the picture. This can assess BMD and other aspects of bone quality, which will provide more insight to know what the best next steps can be to get on the path to healthier bones.

Why bone density is important? 

Bone density matters, but looking at bone quality is equally as important (as noted above). Aging doesn’t have to be as painful as it seems to be. While it’s true that some people are predisposed to thin bones and bone loss, that doesn’t mean that one can’t support their bones and increase the chances that the bones can stay as healthy as possible. 

There is a lot to learn about epigenetics; we recommend researching more on that topic as it is a game-changer for understanding our health and how we can mitigate the risk of dis-ease and so much more. (Learn more here on epigenetics.)

As Dr. Bruce Lipton states, “Epigenetics is the study of cellular and physiological traits, or the external and environmental factors, that turn our genes on and off, and in turn, define how our cells actually read those genes. It works to see the true potential of the human mind, and the cells in our body.”

What promotes bone growth/what stimulates bone growth?

Promoting and stimulating growth can be done in many ways. We have a myriad of brilliant exercises and bone-strengthening equipment that can promote healthier bones and allow persons with low bone density to regain bone health. This unique focus on strengthening from the inside out is something we’re incredibly excited to offer, but there are other things to do. 

Clean foods (non-processed and organic foods) are imperative to our entire well-being and finding naturally occurring vitamins and minerals is also essential. Osteogenic loading (you can see more about this on our services page here) is the compression of bone to emulate the effect of impact. In the late 1800’s, Dr. Julius Wolff discovered that bones would adapt to the loads under which they are placed (Wolff’s Law), which strengthens your bones (and the entire body from the inside out). Wolff’s law theorizes that repetitive loading of bone will cause adaptive responses enabling the bone to better cope since bone is a dynamic organ. 

Also, finding strengthening exercises that you can do any day is valuable. A few bone health-promoting exercises include walking, playing tennis, hiking, etc. The critical part is MOVEMENT.

Summary 

Aging doesn’t have to be as painful as it seems to be. Stronger bones. We understand that this may not be something you’d think you’d want to gift yourself, but when you learn more about “what is bone density loss,” we believe you’ll start to see the importance; there is a bigger picture. 

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