Don't neglect your bone health!

Did you know 1 in 2 women over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis? 

If that number sounds high, it's because it is. Around 54 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, which is more than the population of Texas and Florida combined. 

But what exactly is osteoporosis? Let's take a look at both the condition and how it's addressed.

The phrase "osteoporosis" translates to "porous bone," and that's effectively what it is! While most people think of bones as being a single, solid mass, they actually have an interior texture similar to that of a honeycomb. In healthy bones, this honeycomb pattern is dense and tightly woven, giving the bone better shock absorption and overall durability. When osteoporosis occurs, however, the empty areas in the honeycomb pattern widen considerably, weakening bone strength and making it more prone to breaking. 

Breaking a bone is never fun, and the side effects of doing so can get more severe as you grow older. Osteoporosis can also cause problems for your spinal structure, as symptoms can include both height loss and spine curvature. Worst of all, osteoporosis is often considered a "silent disease" because of how it can sneak up on a person. Many people suffering from osteoporosis don't find out until after they break a bone. 

Thankfully, there have been some amazing strides in addressing bone health in recent years. Enter: OsteoStrong. Wellness centers like this have become increasingly popular over the last decade as people have grown more mindful about their health. Before OsteoStrong, there were relatively few non-pharmaceutical options for people looking to take charge of their bone health. Now, holistic procedures that utilize emulated impact allows for clients to make long-term gains to their bone health without committing to costly prescriptions. 

Emulated impact is growing increasingly popular as a means of addressing osteoporosis because of how quick, easy, and effective it is. These systems place clients in special machines that look a lot like something you'd see at a high-end gym. From there, clients experience movement and resistance designed to emulate some of the stimulation from an impact—without having to actually experience one! 

Although this sounds like something that would take up a full afternoon, a lot of these procedures can be done in under 60 seconds apiece. They work by allowing users to engage in a controlled movement that stimulates the nervous system in a way similar to sustained high-impact activity. The body's central nervous system responds in turn by triggering osteogenesis—or bone growth. Over time, people who participate in emulated impact systems will see an increase in their bone density, which makes a huge difference in mitigating the threat of osteoporosis. 

Systems like this are awesome because they let users invoke biological processes that they already have. OsteoStrong presents itself as "the ultimate biohack", and we're not inclined to disagree. Now that wellness options like OsteoStrong are available to the public, it will be interesting to see just how the conversation changes around osteoporosis.

Have you ever broken a bone? Share in the comments which one.