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National Osteoporosis Awareness Month & Early Bone Loss Prevention Tips

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The NOF (National Osteoporosis Foundation) has chosen May as Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Osteoporosis is an often improperly understood, incapacitating condition afflicting forty-four million people in the U.S. or fifty-five percent of females & males in their fifties & above. It is oftentimes, a silent condition, typified by weakening & thinning of bones making them brittle & porous which rupture easily and at times sans any caveat indications.

For majority of the people, bone density would be peaking prior to thirty years of age, beyond which they would be experiencing a net bone loss of 0.3 percent annually (degradation & rebuilding of bone however keeps occurring but in osteoporosis this equilibrium in-between such processes is lost). Regrettably, females are experiencing greater bone loss (three for five percent annually) in the five to seven years post-menopause prior to returning to a regular rate, which is the reason for them being at a higher risk of suffering from osteoporosis.

Annually, people in the U.S. are suffering from approx. 1 ½ million osteoporosis-linked fractures (nationwide costing of fourteen billion dollars) – the lifelong risk is around one in two females & one is four males. Apparently, the risk is higher in senior citizens, though sustaining fractures in later years of one’s life could have grave, life-menacing outcomes. Several risk factors are way beyond our control while some could be altered via basic amendments in lifestyle.

Risk Factors of Osteoporosis

  • Gender (more women compared to men).
  • Age (specifically those who are in their mid-sixties & above).
  • Ethnicity (Asians/ Caucasians).
  • Past case of fractures (top risk factor).
  • Cigarette smokers.
  • Excess intake of alcohols.
  • Lower body weight (under 125 pounds).
  • Long-standing usage of corticosteroids or heparin.
  • Immobile or inactive.
  • Several medical problems (for instance, eating disorder, kidney failure).
  • Being obese.

If you haven’t spotted this, presence of high as well as low body mass index (BMI) could be contributory to osteoporosis – similar to almost all health concerns, maintenance of healthful body weight can be shielding.

How about killing 2 birds with a single pellet by inclusion of weight bearing exercise forms into one’s workout regime – resistance-training not just surpasses cardio in majority of the features, it has proven to enhance bone density. People who’ve been immobile for protracted spans of time must be considering taking walks daily. Ensure examining your dietetic intake for the suggested levels of vitamin D plus calcium – supplements could be taken into consideration after seeking advice of your physician. Ultimately, there are medicines obtainable for reducing one’s risk of suffering from osteoporosis-linked fractures for which your doctor would be your best guide.

Keeping this short, crisp & relevant, the finest things that could be done for preventing osteoporosis is smoke cessation, maintain healthful weight, exercising regularly & maintain ample calcium consumption prior to thirty years of age. In case you’re over sixty-five years of age, discuss with your physician about undergoing a DEXA scan – yet the finest means of diagnosing this condition (regular laboratory values on one’s blood work doesn’t get one off the hook).

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