Missing out on an aim is sad enough but not as worse as the aim getting backfired! Hope is the basis for life. We surpass every tumble, every downfall and negativity with the only hope that there would be a better tomorrow and that something better awaits us. Taking up a new job seeking a better future, moving to a new house for better life or moving to another school for better education has become a norm in life. While all these things help in making our life better what helps us to make our health better? Its better food, better exercises, better mood and better weight ranges. Weight loss is often sought-after by those whose weight ranges are above normal BMI levels. This reduction offsets health risks, improves well-being, makes the individual more active, lowers cholesterol levels and takes off the stress placed on bones. Beyond lowering your weight and these risks dieting/losing weight has the potential to take away your bone strength too!
Weight Loss Beyond Middle Age
A new study states that losing weight in middle age goes beyond losing the extra fat, more into losing bone density especially for women. The loss in bone strength happens irrespective of the amount of calcium in the diet when middle-aged women lost even 5% of their body weight over a span of two years.
Osteoporosis and bone incompetency have often been a problem reported by women in their 50s and 60s. While weight loss can be an advantage to mitigate cardiovascular diseases extreme weight loss has been a constant factor in triggering fracture due to osteoporosis. Its been claimed that almost 40% women and 20% men are liable to developing osteoporotic fracture above the age of 50. Also, a BMI below 21 has always been a risk factor for developing bone fractures. But such risks of fractures due to weight changes are influenced by hormones. Maybe that’s why women are at an increased risk of osteoporosis. The same risk follows them through menopause too where taking calcium supplements becomes inevitable to avoid grave bone-related problems.
The research that probed into the effect of weight loss above the age of 40 in men and women showed that any individual with either short-term weight loss plan (4-6 years) or long-term weight loss (over 40 years) displayed deterioration of bones compared to those who did not lose weight. The deterioration was pronounced at the weight-bearing regions of the skeleton. Weight loss of more than 5% over 40 years increased the risk of fracture by three-folds.
Retaining the Bone, Measuring Up to the Skeleton
Just because studies indicate a decrease in bone strength due to weight loss after the age of 50, we simply cannot terminate our efforts while we are still overweight/obese. Staying on an unhealthy weight can lead to even more serious problems. The best solution to avoid such a problem would have been to maintain a healthy weight since childhood. We don’t have a rewind button to correct things and the smartest solution now would be to negate such damaging consequences by doing weight-bearing exercises and eating a healthy diet. Maybe what you need is a proper diet plan customized to suit your requirements and www.firsteatright.com is the best place for you to seek guidance on this matter as reputed dietitians/nutritionists are always available to fulfill your weight-related needs. Consume a well-balanced meal that contains ample calcium for bone strength. Exercise regularly and be active. Since we are now aware that weight loss can happen at any age and bone loss is also not preventable in older people maybe its time to look into therapies and interventions for avoiding bone deficits.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.