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Osteoporosis and Grandparent Guilt
By Brazos Minshew, TriVita Chief Science Officer

Osteoporosis affects over 10 million people in North America. Two million of these are men. Osteopenia, a reduction in bone mass that usually occurs before osteoporosis, affects over 44 million people, 32 percent of whom are men.

One out of every two women and one in four men age 50 and older will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Each year, 80,000 men have a hip fracture and one-third of these men die within a year.

Osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures annually, including approximately:

300,000 hip fractures
700,000 vertebral fractures
250,000 wrist fractures
And more than 300,000 fractures at other sites.

No wonder many grandparents are hesitant to lift their grandchildren!

Grandparent guilt
The issue of grandparent guilt has been discussed for many years. It arises when a grandparent cannot do the things he or she feels is necessary to fulfill their role. Concerns like osteoporosis, arthritis and even incontinence are listed as common reasons for not fully engaging with grandchildren.

Watching the exuberance of youth reminds us of a time in our life when we were more carefree. An old Chinese proverb says, Even the old horse in the stable yearns to run. This wistful longing for a body that matches the mind (forever 19) can lead to melancholia and guilt.

But guilt is not necessarily a bad thing.

Benefits of guilt
Guilt is a very misunderstood emotion. Feelings of guilt often arise from unrealistic expectations that we set for ourselves or that others set for us. So it is important to examine what is expected within the context of our life.

We can use guilt constructively to remedy situations we feel badly about. Guilt can prompt us to change our behavior. For example, do you believe that aerobic exercise and resistance training could benefit you? Guilt concerning what you should do, what you are able to do and what you have been doing may prompt you to intensify your efforts to exercise more. This will leave you happier, healthier and more able to engage with those rambunctious kids, a very good result!

Use this technique to examine other aspects of your life as well. Ask yourself:

What do I want?
Why do I want it?
What is so important?
What should I do?
What will I do?
When will I do it?
Who will support me as I meet this new challenge?

Foundation for longevity
A few helpful hints from centenarians (people over 100 years of age) can help us all stay engaged with grandchildren and others as we go through life:

Reduce stress
Stay connected with other people
Cultivate optimism
Watch your diet
Exercise: even a little helps
Floss your teeth

Proper supplementation aids vitality as well:

Bone Growth Factor for strong bones
Sublingual B-12 for brain health
Vital C for antioxidant and immune support
OmegaPrime to help increase circulation and reduce inflammation

Another old Chinese proverb says, A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (literally, from where you stand). Use that twinge of guilt to awaken you to greater possibilities for yourself and those you love. Decide what you want and why you want it. Then, take the first step!

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Listen to your feelings
Dare to dream
Take care of yourself
Build a solid foundation on the 10 Essentials
Use Healthy Foundation supplements

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