Osteoporosis

The decreased levels of female hormones during amenorrhea can lead to calcium loss from the bones and increase the likelihood of developing osteoporosis later in life. Osteoporosis is a major cause of bone fractures in the elderly. Bone density throughout the adult lifespan is greatly impacted by the amount of bone formed prior to the early thirties. Therefore, amenorrhea and eating disorders in young adults can negatively affect bone health for life. Prior to menopause, a healthy diet (including adequate calcium intakes) and the performance of weight bearing activities are the two factors that have the greatest positive influence on bone health (see Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 7).

ormance is a natural process that most, if not all, is a natural process that most, if not all,

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • Age-associated changes in metabolism and body composition.
  • Countering age-associated changes in physical performance.

people would like to avoid. Most people associate aging with gaining weight, getting weaker, and not being able to perform many of the activities they did in their youth. Many of these conditions are actually the result of inactivity, not aging. Although there are several inevitable physiologic changes that will occur as you age, the degree of these changes can be manipulated through sound dietary and exercise practices.

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