Osteoporosis-Big word, bigger problem

Posted by GPWHC on 29 November 2016

Osteoporosis- Big word, bigger problem

This week we wanted to shine some light on a relatively common problem encountered during the aging process.  Osteoporosis, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “is a condition in which the bones become thin, brittle, and weak.” It is five times more common in women than in men, and typically occurs after menopause when estrogen production dramatically decreases.  Estrogen protects against bone loss, and a decrease in the hormone level can trigger a period of rapid bone loss. There are many risk factors that can cause or contribute to osteoporosis, including:

·         Certain medications

·         Diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseaserheumatoid arthritis, and lupus

·         Low calcium intake

·         Vitamin D insufficiency

·         Excess vitamin A

·         High caffeine intake

·         High salt intake

·         Aluminum (in antacids)

·         Alcohol (three or more drinks per day)

·         Inadequate physical activity or being immobile

·         Smoking (active or passive)

·         Falling

·         Being thin

 

A person with osteoporosis may not suffer from symptoms for decades, and the most common symptom is bone fractures.  There are several tests that can be done to determine if you have osteoporosis, including a bone mineral density test (BMD), which is recommended for all women 65 years or older, and those younger than 65 who have risk factors.  Other tests can be done to further investigate the extent and severity of osteoporosis, and estimate the risk of fractures. 

While treatment for osteoporosis is available, various medications can reduce the risk of fractures, and prevent osteoporosis, prevention is always the best course of action.  A diet high in calcium, exercise, a healthy diet, and not smoking will all help your bones stay strong.  Weight-bearing exercise is proven to help keep bones strong, and are activities and exercises that require your bones and muscles to work against gravity, such as yoga, Pilates and tai chi.  Strength training, and weight resistance is also beneficial to keeping strong, healthy bones. 

The doctors and practitioners at GPWHC can discuss your risk factors for osteoporosis, and help you determine the risk you may face, and what you can do to stop or prevent the painful fractures associated with this disease. 

 

 

 





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