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Bones of Resilience: Unraveling the Mystery of Osteoporosis

Written By  Go Vita
A Guide to Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, frequently likened to "bones with holes," is a condition characterized by bones losing calcium and other essential minerals faster than they can be replaced. This results in reduced bone density and heightened fragility.

Its prevalence is higher among women, impacting roughly 29% of women aged 75 and older, in contrast to 10% of men. Often labelled the "silent disease," osteoporosis can remain undetected until a fracture arises.

 

Causes

Numerous factors contribute to osteoporosis, including insufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D, smoking, excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption, lack of physical activity, and specific medications. Hormonal shifts, particularly during menopause, are significant, with women experiencing accelerated bone loss during the first five years post-menopause.

 

What are the warning signs?

Think about gradually shrinking in height, persistent back pain, and bones becoming as fragile as cookies. Individuals afflicted with osteoporosis face an increased risk of bone fractures, frequently occurring in the hip, forearm, wrist, and spine. Although falls are the primary cause of fractures, osteoporosis can compromise bone strength to such an extent that fractures may result from minor incidents like coughing or minor collisions.

 

Prevention

To prevent osteoporosis and uphold robust, healthy bones, consider these bone-boosting strategies:

1. Ensure you're getting enough calcium and vitamin D through your diet or supplements. It's wise to consult with your healthcare provider about your specific needs.

2. Incorporate weight-bearing exercises like walking, jogging, dancing, or strength training into your routine to fortify bones.

3. Quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption to diminish bone loss.

4. Maintain a healthy body weight, as it supports bone health.

5. Cut back on caffeine and carbonated beverages, as they can negatively impact bone density.

6. Practice good posture and proper body mechanics to lower the risk of falls and fractures.

7. Schedule regular bone density screenings, particularly if you're a postmenopausal woman or an older adult.

8. Stay alert to environmental hazards that may increase the likelihood of falls, such as slippery floors or poor lighting.

By integrating these bone-friendly habits into your routine, you can assert control over osteoporosis and ensure the longevity of your bone strength for years to come.

 

Information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace advice or treatment from qualified healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to treat or diagnose. Always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any allergies or diagnosed conditions, or are taking prescription medications, always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements.

 

About Margaret Leedham

Margaret Leedham brings a wealth of experience as a naturopath, educator, product developer

and writer to her role as the Brand Manager for NutriVital.

 
With over 24 years of experience, Margaret has also helped thousands of clients reach their health

and wellness goals through an evidence-based approach.

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