In this health video you will learn some misinformation people have about bone health.
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Raena Morga: Hi, I’m Raena Morgan with iHealth Tube visiting with Dr. Sherrill Sellman. Today we’re going to talk about bone health, the myths and misinformation about bone health. Could you address that please doctor. Dr. Sherrill Sellman: I’d love to talk about that because it’s a really important subject. We do have a problem with bone loss and you know bone loss itself is not the problem but what is really the problem is that when you have bone loss and osteoporosis sets in you tend to have fractures and you rend to do that when you’re older. It happened to happen to younger people but when you have a fracture when you’re older and then you’re put into a nursing home and you know you actually die very quickly at that point. So that’s really the serious problem with osteoporosis with the risk of fractures that are causes. But the myths are these. There are cultures around the world that we should learn from because in these cultures such as in Africa and in South America, even in Asia, the older people they get they do not have accompanying loss of bone. Rena Morgan: In these other cultures that you’ve just mentioned? Dr. Sherrill Sellman: Yes, they do not have this bone loss. Well, they either do not have bone loss or they have some bone loss but do not have risk of fractures. Because our body actually has an ability—it’s like there is a reserve within us. We can lose up to 50% of bone mass and never have a fracture. And if our body is healthy because bone is a living tissue, it’s not just this solid thing but it’s—