Do you have osteoporosis? What about osteopenia, do you have it? Do you really know what those diseases are? Do you want to know? If you are over 30 years old, your body has reached maximum bone mass formation. Now is the time to take steps to ensure you do not develop osteopenia or osteoporosis. If you have the disease now, there are many choices for you.
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones, literally having porous bones thus increasing your risk for sudden fractures. You have heard of someone over 50 years old falling and fracturing a bone. What usually happen is the porous bone will fracture and the fall follows. Osteoporosis is progressive and without symptoms in the early stages.
Osteopenia is considered reduced bone mass of lesser severity than osteoporosis. Some doctors argue that there is only osteoporosis and no such disease as osteopenia. Either you have reduced bone density or you do not.
How will you know if you have this disease? It is a silent disease because there are no symptoms until the disease is in advanced stages. In osteoporosis you can lose height, experience severe back pain, hip pain and back deformities. Please note not all hip and back pain is osteoporosis. You must seek a health care professional and have a (BMD) bone mineral density test for proper diagnosis. Note: Use the same (BMD) test machine each time you are tested. The calibrations vary with machines and will affect test result.
These are some factors you can use to access your risk of getting the disease
· Sedentary life style.
· Over 30 years old – bone loss out paces bone growth. The result is gradual loss of bone mass.
· Family history.
· Race – Caucasian and Asian women are at more risk.
· Bone structure – petite and small frame women are more likely to develop the disease.
· Gender – women are (4) times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.
· Menopause – There is a direct relationship between the lack of estrogen after menopause and the development of osteoporosis. Bone loss is fastest the first few years after menopause. As a female I can attest to the fact that estrogen is a powerful horrmone.
· Chronic dehydration – yes dehydration, all chemical action and reactions occur in a water environment. Stay hydrated with Kangen® water. Check it out on my website.
How to treat and prevent osteoporosis
· Calcium rich foods 1,200 mg (milligrams) each day
Vitamin D – your body uses vitamin D to absorb calcium. People over 50 should ingest 1000-2000 (IU) international units daily. I take 5,000 IU daily. I also get a blood test annually to check my vitamin D level. Check with your health care provider for their direction and make your decision.
Walking, jogging and dancing. Most weight bearing exercise stimulates the production of new bone, called osteoblast. Make sure you move your body for 30 minute (4) days a week.
· Body pumps or working with weights – when you flex your muscles which are attached to bone, every gentle tug you make stimulate bone growth. Pump on, baby, pump on.
· Drink lots of electrolyzed reduced water, do not become dehydrated.
· Do not smoke – women who smoke have lower levels of estrogen
· Reduce amount of meat you intake – calcium and phosphorous are needed to assist in the digestion of animal protein. Eating too much can deplete necessary calcium and phosphorus from the bone.
· Drugs – Please see your doctor
Avoid certain medications. According to Cleveland Clinic, Steroids, certain drugs used to treat seizures (anticonvulsants), blood thinners (anticoagulants), and thyroid medications increase the rate of bone loss if not used as directed. If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor about how to reduce your risk of bone loss through diet and lifestyle changes.
How to have a safe home environment
· Remove clutter
· Install grab bars in bath tub and shower
· Install proper night lights
· Buy slippers with rubber soles
· Remove throw rugs from floor
If you do not have osteoporosis you are at a great advantage. There are many choices you can make now to prevent getting this debilitating disease. If you have the disease now, fear not because, there are varieties of foods, exercises, hydration and medications you can choose to strengthen your bones and decrease your risk of fractures and falls.
This short article is intended to peak your interest in the possibilities around osteoporosis. Educate yourself now on this silent, painful and debilitating disease.
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