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How To Prevent And Manage Your Osteoporosis

How To Prevent And Manage Your Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, occurring when they lose minerals—such as calcium—quicker than the body can replace them. This causes bones to become less dense and lose strength, which often results in breaks or fractures.

Osteoporosis—often referred to as the “silent disease”—causes no pain or symptoms. Many people don’t realize they even have it until they break or fracture bones from an incident, such as a fall. 

Those with osteoporosis have a much higher chance of serious or debilitating bone fractures. Some of the more serious complications from bone fractures are spine or hip fractures. Hip fractures can cause disability or even death within a year after injury.

Who does osteoporosis affect?

It’s a common misconception that older women are the only ones at risk for osteoporosis. For example, 1 in 2 women over 50 break a bone due to osteoporosis, but they are not the only ones affected. 1 in 3 men over 50 are also affected by osteoporosis. 

Women are more likely to experience osteoporosis than men because their bone density is directly affected by hormone changes during menopause. Throughout this time, estrogen levels decrease, leading to declined bone density.

Although osteoporosis is much more common in the older generation, it’s still possible for those younger than 50 to be at risk. Some of these risk factors include lifestyle choices or medical conditions.

Some osteoporosis risk factors—out of one’s control—are:

There are other risk factors—brought on by lifestyle—that could cause osteoporosis, such as:

How to prevent osteoporosis

To prevent osteoporosis, you need to focus on maintaining healthy bones, including good nutrition and exercise.

Follow these general guidelines to make sure you keep your bones strong and healthy:

How to manage osteoporosis

Whether you’re at risk for osteoporosis or you’re are already experiencing it, there are steps you can take to help manage it. Along with the steps already listed (such as getting more calcium, vitamin D, and exercising), you can also take extra precautions to avoid falling. 

Use handrails when you can, pick up tripping hazards, and illuminate your house with extra light so you can see better. When you’re intentional about managing your osteoporosis, you are much more likely to live a pain-free life.

Worried about risks in your life that may be contributing to bone loss? Come see us at Accelerated Interventional Orthopedics, where Dr Rich and his team will talk to you about your concerns. Then, schedule a bone health consult today so we can discuss your next steps to getting optimal bone health.

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How To Prevent And Manage Your Osteoporosis

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How to Prevent and Manage Your Osteoporosis

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If you're looking for remedies to manage or prevent osteoporosis, there are many natural steps you can take. Begin by checking out these easy-to-follow suggestions.

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Brian Rich

 

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