Osteoporosis: A Guide To Symptoms, Prevention And Treatment

Osteoporosis causes brittle bones and hip fractures in elderly women, but it has more effects on the body and health of which everyone should be informed.

What is osteoporosis? Most poeple believe that it is the weakening of bones in elderly women. There is more to this disorder than that. One in four of every women will develop osteoporosis. Osteoporosis can affect more than just the bones.

First, let's define osteoporosis. Osteo means bones, of course. And porosis means a condition of becoming porous or brittle. Osteoporosis is a disease of the thinning of the bones due to loss of calcium. It causes fractured hips and hunched over spines. We cannot stop our bones from thinning, but we can prevent osteoporosis or slow it down by slowing down the bone loss. There is no time to waste, however, so don't think you are too young. Start today. Although men can develop it, it is much more common in women. Women have less bone to start with than men. Plus, during menopause, there is a drop in the production of the female hormone estogen, which holds calcium in your bones. Osteoporosis is also hereditary.

One of the biggest causes of osteoporosis is lack of calcium and vitamin D. Lack of exercise is another culprit, because exercise stimulates bone growth and strengthens bones. Other factors that contribute to osteoporosis is smoking and heavy alcohol consumption, and some drugs, prescription, as well. Still, you can help delay or prevent osteoporosis.

Here are the best ways to strengthen your bones and help to prevent or delay osteoporosis.

1-Increase you calcium intake. 99% of the calcium in your diet goes straight to your bones. RDA is 1000mg and after menopause, 1500mg daily. Excellent sources are dairy products, of course! Also, green leafy vegetables and some seafood. Don't forget your vitamin D which helps your body absorb the calcium, found in whole grains and also by in sunlight.

2-Stop smoking and drinking. They lower your levels of estrogen.

3-Weight bearing exercise regimen. It builds bone density, thus strengthening your bones. Weight bearing exercise includes weight training but it also includes brisk walking, running, and jogging.

4-Ask you doctor about any prescription medication you are on. Steroids for arthritis and some thyroid medications and some seizure medications, diuretics and antidepressants for a number of years, may make you more at risk for osteoporosis.

5-Take a dietary supplement. Don't just rely on your diet. Take a supplement of calcium and vitamin D.

6-Consider hormone replacement therapy, talk to your doctor. Especially if you have menopausal symptoms and especially if you had surgically induced menopause at a younger than normal, menopausal age, due to a hysterectomy. Hormone replacement can thicken the bone.

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