What is Bone Health?
You may never have wondered, “What is bone health and how do you achieve it?” unless you have already been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis or have had a bone fracture. I certainly hadn’t given it much thought until I broke my hip and the doctor told me after my surgery that I probably had osteoporosis.
I was 60 years old when I had that crazy accident that broke my hip. The surgeon repaired it with six pins (to me they looked more like 6 inch long nails than “pins”). After the surgery he told me that because of the way and place it broke and because my bones might be osteoporotic, I had a 60% chance that it would not heal. He predicted that I would probably need hip replacement surgery but that he wanted to try to repair it first because I was young for a replacement and that replacements need to be redone every five to ten years.
Up until that time, I had always used plenty of milk and other dairy products, and felt reasonably healthy, so I really wasn’t concerned about my bones. I had just thought of them as something that held my skin and muscles, and the rest of me in proper position. But… I surely didn’t want another surgery, so I began to ask myself two questions:
1. What Is Bone Health?
2. How Do You Achieve It?
As I was already an independent nutritional researcher, I immediately began studying all the literature I could get my hands on to learn about bone health. I not only studied it, but I carefully applied what I learned and prayed much, and thankfully my hip did heal. I did not need the hip replacement. In fact, I had the “pins” removed about 9 months later and my hip felt as good as new.
But, to my dismay, I had another freak accident five years later and broke the same hip! This time we were living in a different city, so I had a different surgeon. The ball end of the femur broke 跌打價格 about one inch below where the first break had been. This time the doctor put a steel plate in my leg and a long screw to attach it to the bone. After the surgery, he told my husband that when he drilled through the place where my former break had been, that “bone was as hard as hard wood”.
Later, my surgeon told me, “Whatever you have done to develop such strong bones really did the trick. If you keep doing what you have been doing, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you have osteoporosis.”
Believe me, that was music to my ears. I almost felt that the second break was worth it just to learn that my bones were in such good shape.
Again, I had the metal all removed the following year and I am very grateful that I have had no problems since, and that was nearly eighteen years ago! I decided I should share my story because so many people have developed osteoporosis and osteopenia in recent years. Those who know my history have asked what I have done, and I have always been happy to share with them. But I have realized that this information needs to reach more people, so I have developed my osteopenia blog for that purpose.