Osteoporosis is diagnosed when your bone mass decreases below 25% of normal levels. Osteoporosis is a term used for porous bones, porous bones occur when the living tissue in bones is broken down and not replaced. Patients who suffer from osteoporosis have very thin bones that can break very easily and may not mend if broken or fractured.
One in four post menopausal women may suffer from this disease and they have a high risk of attending hospitals with fractures and broken bones. They also have a higher chance of ending up immobile later on in life. However this disease is more likely to affect women that live in affluent areas such as America and Europe. Interestingly those that live in areas around Japan and are affluent are less likely to develop osteoporosis.
Those women, who are overweight, have had multiple pregnancies, avoid red meat and carry out plenty of hard strenuous labour are less likely to develop the disease. Women who follow an unhealthy diet and lead a sedentary lifestyle are at a high risk of developing osteoporosis. If you are a mother to young children you should encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle, avoid junk food and exercise will so that they do not develop the disease when they are older.
The most important question is what can I do to avoid developing the disease? Diet is very important. You should avoid protein or red meat, a reasonable level is 60 to 80 grams a day. High levels of caffeine should also be avoided. Try to eat plenty of calcium as well as foods consumed by vegetarians such as broccoli, nuts and green vegetables. There is a range of natural remedies for osteoporosis that are recommended for bone growth. Calcium tablets of 1000 to 1200 milligrams can help prevent bone loss. The best form of this is citrate calcium because it is easily absorbed into the system therefore helping to strengthen your bones. Include in your diet magnesium and vitamin d because these supplements help your intake of calcium.
Other recommended natural remedies for osteoporosis are evening primrose oil that helps with the symptoms of the menopause and stops your skin from drying out, devilís claw is recommended to help sufferers of bone disorders, black cohosh that is recommended for reducing hot flushes and helps control symptoms of the menopause, soy isoflavones are suggested to help reduce the bone loss in women, and boswellia can help with the inflammation caused by osteoporosis. Recent studies have shown that vitamin k2 is very important for healthy bones; it is not made naturally by your body so therefore it must be included in your diet.
Soy products are under much research with regards to osteoporosis. Women in countries such as Japan consume large amounts of soy but have a low intake of calcium, are less likely to develop the disease. Some researchers believe that this is to do with the large intake of soy, that soy based products may help prevent or improve sufferers of the disease. Studies have shown that people who take in animal protein lose far more calcium that those ingesting vegetable protein. Women who consumed isolated soy protein products increased their bone mineral density and were at a less high risk of developing osteoporosis.
Therefore women who wish to avoid the condition or who are suffering from, should try to lead a healthy lifestyle, avoid large amounts of caffeine and red meat, not smoke and exercise well. Your diet should include plenty of calcium and possibly consider eating soy based products. The most important remedies you should be taking are calcium based products and magnesium. With this disease there are a large number of natural remedies for osteoporosis. It is recommended to talk with your health professional before trying any of these remedies in case they affect your condition or any other medical condition that you may suffer from.
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