"I've got a bone to pick with you" might be one of the most-used cliches on TV, showing up in "The Love Boat," "The Simpsons," "The Big Bang Theory," and "Veep," to name just a few.
When it comes to actual bones, I have one to pick with the increasing risk of osteoporosis in women over age 50. Almost 13% contend with full-blown brittle bones, and 51% have low bone density. That sets them up for fractures, broken bones, and loss of mobility.
It's important to take steps when you're younger (and keep taking them) to protect your bones: aerobic exercise five days a week; strength-building two to three times weekly; 40 jumps on a hard surface daily; no sodas, lots of calcium- and magnesium-rich dark leafy greens, plantains, broccoli, and nonfat dairy.
And get a blood test to check your vitamin D level (most people are deficient), then take the recommended supplements.
In other news, a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Reports shows that hearing and vision impairment is independently associated with major cognition problems in older people. Compared to people without auditory and visual impairments, those with both have eight times the risk of cognition problems.
That may be the result of decreased brain stimulation and the consequential social disengagement and loneliness.
Whatever the cause, don't let decreasing sensory powers go unchecked. Hearing aids (less expensive and much better than just three years ago) and cataract surgery can transform your life and protect your brain.