October 5, 2009

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis- Osteoporosis is a particular condition that is characterized by the loss of the normal density of bone. This results in the very abnormally porous bone that is more compressible like a sponge and not dense. Osteoporosis leaves the person with very fragile bones and increases the risk of breaking bones. For many women entering menopause, osteoporosis becomes a very real possibility.

Osteoporosis can be a very damaging and dangerous condition that affects many Americans. However, the good news is that osteoporosis can be treated and you can help prevent it. Be warned though there is some effort required on your part. Quit smoking if you do smoke, watch your alcohol consumption, exercise fairly often, eat a balanced diet, and make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D.

Medications are out there as well. In fact, you’ll probably be required to take certain medicines if you have or are at risk of getting osteoporosis. Most medications focus on stopping bone loss and increasing bone strength. Luckily we live in a time where there are many different medications that can make living with osteoporosis manageable.

NOTE:
I do want to warn people not to over do it when they are exercising. Make sure you don’t do anything that will hurt your fragile bones. Try to look for different forms of low-impact exercise. A swimming pool is a good example of low-impact exercise.

Interesting fact- smoking a pack of cigarettes a day throughout your adult life can actually reduce your bone mass by 5-10%.

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