Preventing Osteoporosis

More than to 10-million Americans have osteoporosis. Nearly half of all women over the age of 50, as well as about a fourth of men over the age of 50, have osteoporosis. You can still live a very long and satisfying life with osteoporosis, but like other conditions, knowing the risks and knowing the treatments is key.

Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because you can’t feel your bones getting weaker. Breaking a bone is often the first sign that you have osteoporosis, or you may notice that you’re getting shorter or that your upper back is curving forward. Check your diet carefully, and make sure that your living environment is organized so that it prevents falls. Increasing your calcium is also important, so talk to your doctor prior to taking a calcium supplement or Vitamin D.

Here are tips for preventing osteoporosis:

  • Build your bone bank. After 30 you begin to lose a little bone mass every year. Make a concerted effort to get plenty of calcium to build your lifetime bone bank. Start with a tall glass of milk, and follow that with a couple more.
  • Feed your bones. Low calcium intake plays a major role in the development of osteoporosis, so feed your bones some calcium every day. Milk is a great choice, but some people are lactose intolerant. Lactaid is an alternative, which is real milk with the lactose removed. Prefer other milk alternatives? Check the label to be sure your preference is fortified with calcium and Vitamin D.
  • Check your meds. Corticosteroids are known to interfere with bone building. Check with your doctor to make sure that medications you take daily aren’t interfering with your bone health.
  • Talk to your doctor about exercise. Therapeutic exercise programs can help postmenopausal women maintain and increase their bone density.

Since osteoporosis has very few symptoms, ask your doctor about a bone density test and if you might be a candidate for testing.

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