Keep Exercising To Keep Osteoporosis At Bay

Osteoporosis Can Strike at Thirty

Although osteoporosis is generally thought of as an older persons disease, the fact is that it can strike at any age.

Millions of people are at risk, again most associate the disease with women but men also suffer from this debilitating condition.

However, women are four times more likely to develop the disease than men

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to become brittle and more likely to break.

There are no warning signs, symptoms or pain to signal the onset of the disease, the first indication being a minor fall, bump or strain causing a break or fracture.

Any bone can be affected but in many cases fractures occur in the hip, spine or wrist.

Spinal fractures are serious, severe back pain, permanent loss of height and deformity are often the outcome.

Hip fractures, more often than not, will require major surgery.

Both are likely to impair the ability to walk without assistance.

One in every two Caucasian women and one in eight men over the age of 50 will suffer an osteoporosis related fracture at some time in their remaining lifetime.

Up to 20% of bone mass can be lost by some women in the first 5-7 years after menopause increasing their susceptibility to the disease.

Factors that can lead to the onset of the disease include a thin/small frame, anorexia nervosa, advanced age, post menopause including early or induced menopause, a family history of the disease, low testosterone in men, low calcium diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol.

Osteoporosis Prevention

You are never too young to prepare yourself to fight osteoporosis.

Building strong bones from early childhood and the teen years lays the best foundation for prevention in later years.

The average woman will have acquired 98% of her skeletal mass by the age of twenty.

Starting at any age there are three fundamental steps you can take to minimize the chances of suffering from osteoporosis.

  • A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
  • A healthy lifestyle with no heavy alcohol drinking and no smoking.
  • A regular routine of weight bearing exercises.

Those of advancing years or those who feel they may at risk, are advised to seek medical opinion on the size of weights and intensity of the routines, as there is a danger that overdoing it may result in a fracture if the disease is already present.

The critical years for building bone mass in women are from childhood to age thirty.

A balanced diet and regular exercise can increase bone mass by as much as 20% in women by age thirty according to some medical experts.

Bone density measurements can be taken in various parts of the body without any pain, discomfort or invasive procedure.

The tests

  • Will establish your rate of bone density loss and monitor the effects on a regular basis.
  • Will detect the disease before suffering a related fracture so precautionary steps can be taken.
  • Can predict your future chances of suffering a fracture due to the disease.

It is a wise precaution to consult your medical advisor and request bone density tests if you think there is a chance that you are at risk.

Regular exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle will help prevent and fight virtually every disease.

Remember, with osteoporosis there are NO warning signs or symptoms to put you on your guard. This is why it is often referred to as “the silent disease”.

 

 

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