What Are the Signs of Osteoporosis?
What May Cause Bone Loss?
- As you get older, your risk for developing osteoporosis increases.
- Women are diagnosed with the disease more than men. Both may be associated with a decrease in hormones -estrogen or testosterone.
- Frame size with thin individuals as well as tall people being at a greater risk.
- If you have a family member with the disease, there is a greater chance that you will develop it too.
- Anorexia Nervosa.
- Drinking alcohol.
- Certain medications may increase your risk. Visit with your doctor about the medications you take.
- Lack of exercise.
- A poor diet lacking in calcium and Vitamin D.
Do I Need to Do Anything With My Children to Prevent Osteoporsis?
What Can I Do to Prevent Osteoporsis?
- Get regular exercise. Jog, walk, dance, garden, ti chi, etc. all help with the bone health. Any weight bearing exercise, exercise where your are standing, will improve your bone health.
- Improving your diet to include calcium sources such as dairy products-milk, yogurt and cheese- will provide your body with the necessary building blocks.
- Milk products should be fortified with vitamin D.
- Other nutrients (like vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc, as well as protein) help develop sturdy bones too. Milk has many of these nutrients. So do foods like lean meat, fish, green leafy vegetables, and oranges.
While diet is preferred, many individuals use a combination of diet and supplement pills. Check with your doctor for the kind he suggests. You can pick these up at grocery stores, drug stores or conveniently on line. Recommended calcium intake is 1,300 mg per day for those 9 to 18 years old. Between 18 and 50, 1,000 mg per day and after fifty years increase intake to 1,200 mg per day.
These are ways to slow down the symptoms of osteoporosis.
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