Studies show that the 1-year mortality rate after a hip fracture for patients over age 60 is 20-30%. This means that up to 1 out of 3 adults die within 1 year after suffering a hip fracture! Another large percentage experience a significant decline in their quality of life. The quality of your bone can have a big impact on your mobility, independence, quality of life, and even your longevity. It is never too early to start taking your bone health seriously.
Your bone undergoes repair throughout your life in a process known as bone remodeling. This process involves removing old and damaged bone and replacing it with new bone. With age, the normal bone remodeling process is impaired, and new bone formation does not keep up with bone removal. The overall effect is bone loss and weaker, more brittle bone. Osteopenia and osteoporosis occur when bone loss becomes severe enough to increase risk of fractures.
Osteopenia is a condition where the bone mineral density (BMD) is 10-25% lower compared to that of a healthy 30 year old. This is usually reported as having a T score -1 to -2.5.
Osteoporosis is defined as having bone mineral density (BMD) that is > 25% lower compared to that of a healthy 30 year old. This is usually reported as having a T score > -2.5. Both conditions are associated with weaker bone and an increased risk of fractures.
Women experience a decline of hormone levels with aging, which is associated with bone loss. If you are interested in protecting your bone as you age, we highly encourage you to enroll in our Executive Anti-aging HRT Plan It is critical to have your hormone levels checked and to replenish your hormones to preserve your bone strength.