06 Dec Hip Injuries: Linked to Bone Density and Related Conditions
Surprisingly, “starvation” is not the leading cause of death for those with an eating disorder. Instead, it’s heart attacks and broken hips. Mend Clinic’s on-site orthopedic specialists have treated a number of damaged hips. Eating disorders are the most under-diagnosed, deadliest, and least researched of mental disorders. That’s starting to change as knowledge and information are being shared, but there’s still a long way to go.
According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa, 30 million people in the US have an eating disorder, and one person dies every hour because of it. Eating disorders can encompass a wide range of disorders, many of which overlap. The most common are anorexia (self-starvation), bulimia (excessive means of getting rid of calories which includes purging and excessive exercise), binge eating disorder (compulsive overeating), and orthorexia (obsession with eating healthy foods). But why are eating disorders and broken hips so closely aligned?
There’s another group of people who are also at a high risk of broken hips: The elderly. Older people are a high-risk group because bones naturally lose density and become more brittle with age. That’s why it’s so important to include weight-bearing exercise in your routine. Bone density can be sustained and re-built with proper nutrition and weight-bearing exercise.
Those with an eating disorder are not feeding their bodies and their bones the right nutrition to remain healthy.
“Aging” Bones Linked To Hip Injuries
Eating disorders can make human bones “act” like they are elderly. Plus, many with eating disorders steer clear of exercises that increase muscle size, such as weightlifting. Muscles protect bones. Lack of nutrition can also cause muscles to waste away. When there is no fat left to sustain human life, the body begins to consume muscles. (This is also why heart attacks are common. The heart operates, essentially, like a muscle.)
Get Help For Hip Injuries at Mend Clinic, Salem
Broken and injured hips can sometimes be caused by sudden trauma, such as a football tackle or car accident. More commonly, there are signs that the hip has become vulnerable. If you suspect a hip injury of any type, suffer from an eating disorder, or think your hip may be vulnerable, it’s critical to seek immediate medical attention. Mend Clinic is open seven days per week for walk-ins and specializes in treating hip injuries. Contact us today!