It is essential to take care of our bones. To neglect them puts us at risk of injury and other bone related diseases. Prevention in the early years of life is the best method of dealing with these conditions. However, even as we get older there is still quite a lot we can do to improve our bone health and ultimately, our quality of life. One of the greatest risks to our bone health is a disease called Osteoporosis. In this article we will look at this condition, what it is, how to prevent it, and how to improve our bone health even if we are suffering from Osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a condition were the bones become very fragile and brittle. This leaves the bones vulnerable to breakage and injury. One of the most dangerous aspects of Osteoporosis is that is progresses without pain until a bone breaks. Osteoporosis can be quite advanced at this point.
The most likely areas to have a bane break are the hip and the spinal area. A broken hip nearly always required a stay in hospital and the chances of corrective surgery are much greater. It can affect the person’s ability to walk without assistance and can cause permanent disability. Breaks in the spinal column can also be serious. These can result in a loss of height, future pain and deformity.
Prevention of Osteoporosis requires developing habits for good bone health early in life. People have acquired about 98 percent of their bone density by the age of 20. If you have taken good care of your bones while young then your chances of preventing osteoporosis are quite good.
If you are older, it is essential that you continue practicing good bone health. Although your maximum bone density is likely reached, your bones still need to be replenished with nutrients. This is especially true in women who are post menopausal. Once the ovaries stop producing estrogen, the body looses a natural substance to help prevent bone loss. It is important when this happens to compensate with other vitamins and minerals.
Osteoporosis can be a debilitating condition. It can cause a great deal of pain once the effects are felt and can alter a person’s quality of life. Hospital stays and surgeries are quite often requires when injuries from osteoporosis start to set in. The best cure for this condition is prevention. By implementing a plan for good bone health as soon as possible, you are greatly reducing your chances of this condition and other serious bone conditions.