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Hi Welcome to my Osteoporosis Site

How Can You Keep Your Bones Healthy?

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when you lose too much bone, or your body makes too little bone, or some combination of both. This condition makes bones too weak and prone to easily breaking from something like a fall or as simple as bumping into something. For other people, it happens through aging. This is one reason family members are urged to monitor elderly people in the family to try and prevent them from falling and breaking bones.

What is osteoporosis?

Because bones are living, growing tissue, they must be protected at all times as well as nurtured. For young people, it is normal for bones to form and less normal to lose bone strength. And for the elderly, as has been said already, it is more normal to lose bone much more than to form them. Doctors can monitor growth and strength of bones to make sure that everyone is healthy and strong, and if something begins to go wrong, doctors can also try to help prevent further damage.

What are the risks factors?

There are some risks that people just cannot overcome, no matter how hard they try. Aging is one of those risks to bone health. Not much we can do about that. It’s also true that females are at a higher risk than males. Menopause, which brings together two risks – being female and aging – is a severe risk to bone health.

Is it genetic?

If you have a family history of osteoporosis, you are at a higher risk than those without the history. Low body weight is another risk factor, which is another reason why doctors are concerned about patients who are bulemic and/or anorexic. Another risk is height loss. That can come with aging. And, of course, broken and brittle bones.

Osteoporosis Treatment

Risks that you can control include making sure to get enough calcium and Vitamin D daily through food or supplements. Make sure to eat enough fruits and vegetables to stay healthy. Make sure you don’t overdo protein intake as well as caffeine and sodium. Those can be detrimental to bone health and your approach to a positive osteoporosis treatment.

Stay active! Being too inactive is bad for your bones. Cut out the smoking! That can also lead to bone problems. Don’t overdo the alcohol consumption and if you are losing weight, make sure you do so with your doctor’s permission and guidance so that you don’t lose too much weight and lose bone, as well.

There are also some diseases and some medications that can bring about bone loss, so again, it’s imperative to speak with your doctor and/or pharmacist about these things to make sure you are not at risk. If you find that you are, your doctor can help you change things for the better, wherever possible..

Besides osteoporosis, there is also osteopenia, which has been discussed in the press a lot less often. Osteopenia is low bone density. It’s not low enough to be considered osteoporosis but it needs to be monitored. Typically, this loss of bone density begins around age 30. If your bones are very thick, it will obviously take longer to get to the point of osteopenia. But it is something to be aware of. And, once again, your doctor can help monitor this and keep you at peak bone health.