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Ways to Prevent Bone Loss as You Age Santa Monica, CA
Senior Patients Santa Monica, CA

Do we really shrink as we get older? According to Harvard Medical School, people typically lose about half an inch in height per decade starting as early as age 40. There are several reasons behind this phenomenon, some of which you may be able to control or at least delay.

As we age, our spine not only loses bone density, but the discs and space between our spinal vertebra wear down and become thinner. This can contribute to osteoporosis and that common “hunched-over” appearance in the geriatric population. If you are losing more than a half an inch each decade, this could be a warning sign that you have osteoporosis.

Nearly 10 million people in the United States suffer from osteoporosis, but this is not an inevitable condition. There are ways to prevent osteoporosis and ensure your bones are healthy and standing tall in your senior phase of life.

Why Seniors Are at High Risk for Osteoporosis

Some degree of bone loss is part of the natural aging process. Bones become depleted when they are not properly nourished and stimulated. Seniors are especially at risk for osteoporosis due to poor appetites and low intake of calcium and other nutrients. In addition, many seniors become less active, which can cause joints and muscles to become weaker and less flexible. Finally, seniors tend to spend more time indoors than outdoors, which can lower their Vitamin D intake – a vitamin that is essential for strong bones!

Tips for Bone Healthy Life

Osteoporosis and low bone density in geriatric adults doesn’t just affect their height. In fact, the major risk of weak bones is bone fractures and bone breaks, especially after falling. This can begin a downward spiral to health struggles and poor quality of life.

Fortunately, there are things you can do starting in your 40’s and 50’s that can foster a healthy set of bones, including the following:

  • Eat a balanced diet that includes ample calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity that involves weights, low-impact training and balance exercises.
  • Work to improve your posture in all daily activities.
  • Remove items in your home that you may trip over.
  • Do not smoke or vape.
  • Limit alcohol use.

Schedule a Bone Density Screening

At the office of Dr. Brent Michael, we proudly offer complete geriatric care. Our services include low radiation bone density screenings to ensure we catch and treat the earliest signs of osteoporosis. This means we can detect poor bone mass before you break a bone.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that you have a bone density test if:

  • you are a woman age 65 or older
  • you are a man age 70 or older
  • you break a bone after age 50
  • you are a woman of menopausal age with risk factors
  • you are a postmenopausal woman under age 65 with risk factors
  • you are a man age 50-69 with risk factors

For more information about geriatric care or bone density screenings with Dr. Brent Michael, please give us a call. We can help protect your health and quality of life at every stage of life!

Posted on behalf of Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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