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Risks on The Rise: Conditions to Watch Out for As You Age

When you get older, you don’t necessarily have to feel older. The way you take care of your body in your 20s and 30s directly correlates to the conditions you may develop when you are in your 50s, 60s, and 70s. The bones, joints, and heart are three of the most common areas age-related conditions can occur.

Bones: Osteoporosis

 

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Your bones are constantly breaking down and replacing themselves. Up until your early 20s, your body actually can make new bone faster than it breaks down your old bone. This causes your bone mass to increase. However, by age 30, most people have reached their peak bone mass. In the years that follow, the body isn’t able to keep up with the loss of old bone and osteoporosis can occur.

Risk Factors of Osteoporosis

  1. Predisposed Reasons:
    • Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men
    • Osteoporosis is more common in Caucasian and Asian races
    • Family members with osteoporosis
    • Small body frames
  1. Calcium Deficiency: You’re at risk for decreased bone density, bone loss, and fractures if your diet doesn’t include enough calcium.
  1. Hormone Levels: Bones can be weakened by low sex hormone levels. For women, decreased estrogen levels at menopause and treatments for breast cancer can increase their risk of developing osteoporosis. For men, treatments for prostate cancer can reduce testosterone levels and cause bone loss to accelerate. Additionally, an overactive thyroid can contribute to bone loss.
  1. Medical Conditions: People with celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney or liver disease, cancer, multiple myeloma, and rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop osteoporosis.
  1. Bad Lifestyle Habits: People who are inactive, drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, or use tobacco increase their risk of osteoporosis.

How to Prevent Osteoporosis

It’s imperative to maintain a balanced diet and exercise regularly to help support your bones. 

  • Eat Enough Calcium: While men and women between 18 to 50 years old are recommended to ingest 1,000mg of calcium a day, women over the age of 50 and men over the age of 70 are encouraged to ingest 1,200mg a day.

Good sources of calcium include poppy seeds, cheese, yogurt, beans, lentils, leafy greens, and more.

  • Take Vitamin D: Maintaining normal vitamin D levels helps the body absorb calcium and support overall bone wellness. Although you can get vitamin D from the sun, many people don’t catch enough rays each day to sustain adequate vitamin D levels.

Taking a vitamin D supplement is an easy and effective way to get your daily dose of sunshine. Smarter Vitamin D3 is made from a premium plant source of active vitamin D3 called lichen, unlike other brands that use processed animal by-products. Smarter Vitamin D3 is encapsulated with vitamin K2 and coconut oil to help enhance the benefits of vitamin D and encourage the body to absorb it more quickly.

  • Get Up and Move: Regular exercise throughout your life can help you build strong bones and discourage bone loss. Participant in exercises like walking, dancing, yoga, and strength training to help strengthen your muscles and bones.

Joints: Osteoarthritis

 

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More than 32.5 million Americans are affected by osteoarthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although people in their 20s and 30s can get osteoarthritis, it’s most common in people over the age of 60.

​​Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage on the end of your bone starts to break and wear down, causing joints to lose cushion and rub uncomfortably. In some cases, bones will rub directly against each other. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include joint aches, pain, stiffness and swelling. 

Causes of Osteoarthritis

There are many factors that contribute to osteoarthritis:

  • Genes: For some people, defective cartilage is out of their control. It’s possible to inherit a defect in one of your genes that’s tasked with making cartilage.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can increase your chances of developing osteoarthritis because it puts extra pressure on your knees, hips, and spine.
  • Injuries: People who have been injured near a joint are more likely to develop osteoarthritis at the area than an uninjured person.
  • Overuse: If you’re repeatedly moving your joints in the same motion day after day, heavy wear and tear on your joints is likely to occur.

How to Soothe Osteoarthritis

  1. Move Daily: Regular exercise can both prevent and soothe pains from osteoarthritis. However, it’s important to participate in low-impact activities like swimming, biking, and walking instead of running.

  2. Drink Water: Getting your daily amount of water is essential for keeping your joints lubricated.
  1. Avoid Inflammatory Foods: Joints can become inflamed if you’re eating too much processed, fried and sugary foods, red meat, alcohol, refined carbs, or gluten.
  1. Feed Your Joints: As we age, our bodies start making less collagen, which is the main component of cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Couple that with inflammation and decreased lubrication, and the joints are grappling with a lot of different problems.

Smarter Joint Food is formulated with 7 specific ingredients to help address the different problems associated with uncomfortable joints. Using collagen, MSM, turmeric, CMO, Bromelain, vitamin C, and lipase, Smarter Joint Food works together to support joint cartilage, encourage normal inflammatory processes, and aid joint lubrication.*

Heart: High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease

 

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After the age of 65, you are more likely to develop heart disease or high blood pressure because aging naturally changes your heart and blood vessels.

How They’re Intertwined

High blood pressure occurs when our large arteries become stiffer and harden as we age. Over time, plaque inside your arteries can build up and the blood flow to your organs and throughout the body can become limited. If plaque gathers in your coronary arteries, it can restrict the blood flow to your heart and you can develop coronary artery disease (CAD), one of the most common types of heart disease.

How to Prevent or Manage High Blood Pressure

The older you get, the more important it is to keep an eye on your blood pressure numbers. Even if you are healthy and feel okay, you should get your blood pressure checked routinely. Additionally, there are several lifestyle choices you can make to help prevent or manage high blood pressure: ​​

  • Eat a diet low in sodium, trans and saturated fats, and sugars
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Exercise regularly
  • Watch your weight
  • Don’t smoke
  • Manage stress

How Supplements Can Help

Ubiquinol

The active form of CoQ10, ubiquinol is involved in the body’s cellular energy production. Although it’s naturally produced by the body, that production starts to decline as we age, making supplementation necessary to maintain an optimal supply. Ubiquinol may help support the heart by regulating normal cholesterol and blood pressure measurements.

Many brands make CoQ10 supplements with ubiquinone, which is the inactive form of the same coenzyme. For the body to use ubiquinone as an antioxidant, it has to convert it into ubiquinol first. Smarter Ubiquinol is formulated with CoQ10 that has already been converted from ubiquinone to make it easier for the body to absorb ahiflower seed oil, to provide additional support for the heart, and encourage natural cellular energy production.*

Omega 3

Omega-3 fatty acids are needed to maintain a healthy body, but they have to come from an external source. Consuming omega-3’s may help decrease triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and reduce the chances of blood clots.

Smarter Omega 3 is formulated with high-quality ingredients and packaged in veggie softgels. In addition to EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, Smarter Omega 3 includes olive oil to help support heart function, grape seed oil for its antioxidant properties, and sesame seed to promote the maintenance of normal triglyceride and cholesterol levels and support healthy blood pressure.*

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