Gray hairs, wrinkles and even a slowed metabolism are all things that go along with natural aging. Osteoporosis is not. Many, unfortunately, believe that it is. Some also falsely believe there is nothing they can do to stop the onset of this condition. The truth is osteoporosis prevention is not only possible, it's a smart path to choose.
While it might not be 100 percent possible to prevent osteoporosis in all cases, some people with high risk factors can pull it off. Trying is worth it to prevent the pain and discomfort that can go along with this condition. With fractures and broken bones highly probable if the disease develops, prevention is thought to be the wisest course of action.
Osteoporosis prevention is recommended for almost anyone, male or female. This disease that weakens the bones and lessens their mass is more common in females. It can, however, strike men, as well. The condition does have some risk factors that are worth paying attention to. They include:
∑ Being a woman. Osteoporosis prevention measures are almost always suggested for any female, especially leading up to and after menopause. Women who work to build bone mass and strength prior to age 30 are in a better position to ward off this condition that others.
∑ Ethnicity. Those of Caucasian or Asian descent are more likely to develop osteoporosis than others.
∑ Menopause. This normal phase of life and the decrease of estrogen that comes with it can present a big risk factor for this condition.
∑ Smoking. Smokers are more likely to develop osteoporosis than non-smokers. Quitting can help not only with prevention, but also treatment if it does develop.
∑ Alcohol. Heavy drinking can increase the risks of developing this condition.
∑ Poor diet. Those who lack proper nutrition are at higher risk. This is especially so if calcium and vitamin D are lacking from the diet.
∑ Lack of exercise. People who lead sedentary lifestyles without proper exercise can run into problems with brittle bones down the road. Exercise is needed to help build bone mass and maintain it, as well.
Osteoporosis prevention often involves addressing the risk factors that can be tackled personally. While it is impossible to change sex, ethnicity and the onset of menopause, other risk factors are within a person's control. Diet, exercise and better lifestyle choice can be very useful in prevention and treatment.
There are other things that people can do to help with osteoporosis prevention. These include:
∑ Dietary supplements. Adding calcium and vitamin D supplements to a diet can help people get on the right path for osteoporosis prevention. Eating foods that are rich in these nutrients can also work wonders.
∑ Medications. There are medications that can help prevent bone loss while helping to maintain the mass that is present. These medications range from hormone replacement therapy, which isnít normally recommended for osteoporosis prevention alone, to others drugs, such as Evista.
∑ Exercise. This is one of the top ways to help with osteoporosis prevention. Doctors generally recommend low-impact exercise, such as aerobics, light weight training, resistance training and more. The options here are many. The key is getting active and staying that way.
∑ Lifestyle changes. Drinking in moderation only and quitting smoking can be very helpful for osteoporosis prevention. Reducing caffeine intake or eliminating it can also help.
Osteoporosis prevention is not always possible, but in many cases it is. Those with risk factors are urged to take measures as early as possible to build and maintain bone mass. A certain amount of bone mass loss during aging is considered "normal," osteoporosis is not.
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