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CHANGES WITH AGING - JOINTS & BONES

 

 

During our lifetime, our joints take a lot of pressure from just normal movement. Add to that any additional pounding and stress sports activities may add, and it is no wonder they start to wear out as early as age 40-50.

 

Joint Cartilage

Cartilage provides the lubricating surface of most joints. It contains no blood vessels, depends upon the blood supply of the synovium (the tissue that produces joint fluid) for nutrients that pass through the joint fluid. With aging, the water content of cartilage decreases, and changes in the underlying bone may influence the cartilage and thereby reduce its ability to adapt to repetitive stress.

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Bones

Tissue and bone aging starts around the age of 50. Aging affects and reduces the bone cells that produce bone more severely than those cells that reabsorb bone resulting in bone density loss. This loss occurs at highly individual rates. This loss of bone density significantly impacts the bone strength, the smallest trauma may cause the bone to collapse.

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Skull

Our skull appears to thicken with age increasing the skull dimensions. This increase is greater deep in the skull and in the frontal sinuses located just over the eyes.

 

Long Bones

Bone growth has also been demonstrated well into advanced age in the ribs, the fingers, and the thigh one, the femur. This change in the femur results in a wider but weaker mid-portion of the bone. Many fractures of the femur in elderly are attributed to falls. In many cases, the reverse is true. A spontaneous fracture of the femur, causes the fall.

 

Osteoarthritis

Joint DiseaseOsteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder, characterized by joint pain, tenderness, and functional disability. 68 million Americans over 65 years of age are expected to be affected by osteoarthritis by the year 2010. That's 70% of the population.

The full cause of osteoarthritis is not yet known. The disease not only affects the articular cartilage, causing it to degenerate, but also involve the entire joint. This leads to damage to the joint tissues. Known contributing factors are post traumatic joint instability, failure of the neuromuscular system to protect against repetitive loading, or metabolic events leading to joint remodeling.

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Prevention

With both bones and muscles, conditioning appears to have a greater influence than nutrition, vascular supply or cell production rate. Hence the best preventative is regular exercise that includes all muscle groups.

Nutrition affects bone and mineral metabolism, and blood vessel and neurological abnormalities accelerate muscle degeneration. Hormones, including growth hormone, estrogens, androgens modify our musculoskeletal integrity. Human Growth Hormone [HGH] has become very popular in an attempt to slow the aging process.

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