Osteoporosis: Symptoms, Prevention and Management

The name osteoporosis comes from Latin for “porous bones”, a condition that affects the strength and density of bones making it weak and thinner. Interesting fact about osteoporosis is that it can occur in people at any age, but it more commonly affects older adults.

Another fact about osteoporosis is if any of your parents has had osteoporosis or had weak bones, it is likely to affect you as well.

How can osteoporosis affect your bone health?

People with osteoporosis are susceptible to breaking bones more often, in the hip, forearm, wrist, spine. While most broken bones are a result of a fall or an accident, with osteoporosis you are likely to break a bone even when you lightly bump into something. As you age, your bones become weaker and the power to recover from a broken bone decreases. 

As the intensity of the condition increases, it causes lasting pain, a disfigured body, and you are unable to enjoy daily activities without help.

How do I find out if I have osteoporosis?

Another fact about osteoporosis, is if you are in an early stage, you wouldn’t even know that you have osteoporosis as it comes with no symptoms or warning signs. Some early symptoms include:

  • Weak and brittle nails
  • Receding gums
  • Weakened grip strength

If you are thinking about what can be the causes behind osteoporosis, here are some:

  • Low intakes of calcium, vitamin D, potassium or protein
  • Inactivity
  • Cigarette smoking and/or overuse of alcohol
  • Long-term use of certain medications 
  • Eating disorders
  • Low levels of estrogen (for women) or testosterone (for men)
  • Genetics 

There are certain risk factors that can cause osteoporosis. If you are a woman, you are at a higher risk than a man because female bones are smaller and less dense than male bones. Also, the risk increases at menopause, when levels of bone-bolstering estrogen fall. 

Some risk factors can be controlled and managed to avoid succumbing to osteoporosis. Factors such as poor nutrition, inactivity, intake of alcohol, smoking can be worked upon.

How can I prevent osteoporosis?

As it is always said, prevention is better than cure. For osteoporosis, it is never too early as if any of your parents are suffering from it, chances are you are at a risk of developing it. To maintain mineral bone density you can:

  1. Up your calcium intake by including calcium-rich food in your diet and even take calcium supplements in consultation with your holistic health expert.
  2. Add vitamin D to absorb the calcium and that again can be gained from supplements and spending time in the morning sun.
  3. Exercise regularly be it walking, aerobics, dancing, any activity that stimulates your bones.
  4. Cut back on sugary foods, caffeine, alcohol and smoking.
  5. Treatments such as acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy have been known to help manage the pain that comes with osteoporosis.

Facts about osteoporosis is that there is no defined cure for it but it is through holistic health treatments and a healthy lifestyle that you  may be able to manage it. 

If you are living with osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that can have serious implications on your everyday life. It can lead to weaker bones, fractures, constant pain, the body takes a long time to heal causing other challenges. However, as mentioned earlier, it is not something that cannot be managed. 

If you think you are at a risk of developing osteoporosis or have been diagnosed with it, worry not, our holistic health experts can help you manage your condition.

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