Osteoporosis Treatment Options and Risk Factors
We often associate osteoporosis with older people who may be bent over and can’t stand up straight. The truth is that 20 million American women have osteoporosis. Most do not even know they have it. Osteoporosis is a chronic progressive condition that slowly demineralizes the calcium out of the bone. This can lead to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. Many older people suffer disability and even death from fractures related to falling. Many people confuse osteoporosis with arthritis. Arthritis is a degenerative condition that involves the cartilage of the joints as opposed to osteoporosis which is like having bones that look like Swiss cheese. Most of the time osteoporosis is painless unless you experience a fracture. More people are having bone density test to evaluate their scores. It is important to understand how healthy your bones are and to make necessary lifestyle and dietary changes.
Risk factors for osteoporosis:
Being female — especially thin
Having a family history
Being physically inactive
Taking corticosteroids, thyroid medications, anticonvulsants, diuretics, antacids with aluminum and drugs that alter absorption of calcium
Heavy consumption of alcohol
Heavy consumption of carbonated beverages, coffee
Low intake of calcium and vitamin D
Chronic disease of the kidney, lung, stomach
Hormonal changes because of menopause or hysterectomy
Low stomach acid
What are Your Osteoporosis Treatment Options to Prevent or Slow Osteoporosis?
One of the best things you can do for osteoporosis is weight resisted exercise. We have been told to do weight bearing such as walking, but research shows that a person needs to use resistant training to increase the stress of the muscles on the bones to increase the bone density. A healthy diet makes a big difference. Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, certain dairy products such as yogurt. Including calcium in your diet that has been formulated in helping not only the absorption, but the utilization in your bones. Evaluating your vitamin D blood levels is very important. Dr. Berg can answer questions you have and help you with the nutrition and exercise that can assist your special needs.
This article on Osteoporosis Treatment Options is informational and not to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition