Osteoporosis is a bone disease. Like a honeycomb, our healthy bones have small spaces. These pores are very small. Osteoporosis increase the size of these pores. Due to this, bones become weak and lose density and strength.
Bones become thinner and weak and ultimately become unable to bear weight.
Anyone can be affected by this disease but normally older people are at higher risk. It is more common in older women. In America, around 53 million people are affected or at higher risk of this disease.
Standing and walking and other routine activities of bones become difficult for people affected by this disease. Bone break and fractures become common in people affected by this disease.
Some bones in our body affected more by osteoporosis than other bones. These bones are ribs, wrist, spine, and hips.
You will see no warning signs or symptoms in the early stages of osteoporosis. Sometimes after fracture people come to know they are affected by bone disease.
As most of the time, you will see no symptoms. If appear, here are some of them.
- Weakened grip strength
- Receding gums
- Weak and brittle nails
If you have a family history of osteoporosis, don’t wait for the symptoms. Visit doctor and follow guidelines.
The risk of fracture increase more and more without appropriate treatment. In severe conditions, you can get a fracture even from a cough or strong sneeze. Loss of weight, neck or back pain are also some conditions of this bone disease.
There are various factors that can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Here are some of them:
Throughout our life, our body breaks our bones and replace them with newer ones. But after the age of 30, our body breaks bones faster and build them slower. This process makes bones more fragile and thinner.
Due to the change in hormones level at the age of 45 to 55 in women their body loses bone more quickly. This condition is called menopause. Men also lose bone at this age but their bones break slower than women.
Other Risk Factors:
These are some other risk factors:
- If you are a female.
- Family history of osteoporosis.
- Physical inactivity.
- Low body weight.
- If you are Asian.
- Poor Nutrition.
You can reduce the risk of osteoporosis. By taking some precautions. By preventing bad habits and by adopting some good habits.
How to treat Osteoporosis:
If you are a victim of osteoporosis, don’t stick to a normal diet. Consult a doctor, he/she will create a treatment plan.
Lifestyle changes and proper medications can recover your bones and slow down the process of osteoporosis. Lifestyle changes can include calcium and vitamin D rich foods or supplements.
Collagen peptides are a good source of consuming collagen that is good for bones. Appropriate exercise is also good for osteoporosis.
A proper cure of osteoporosis is very difficult. But proper treatment can strengthen your bones and prevent this bone disease. Some treatments and a proper diet can spur the growth of new bones. Some can slow down the process of bone break.
Normally, osteoporosis medications are very heavy and can have adverse effects on health. Take medications properly but try natural treatments also.
Several supplements or food items are good for health. Bone broth powder, red clover, black cohosh, and soy are good for bone health. But I recommend consulting doctor before start using these food items while osteoporosis.
Although some people and companies suggest good results in consuming these foods and supplements. But to stay on safe side, consult your doctor before this.
An appropriate diet can slow down the process of the destruction of bones. Nutritious foods can strengthen your bones. But not all foods can strengthen your bones. Calcium and Vitamin D rich foods are good for the health of bones.
Vitamin D is required to absorb calcium. Without a good amount of vitamin D in your body, calcium is nothing but a waste for the body. Calcium is the main nutrient that is required to strengthen the bones.
Protein, vitamin k, zinc, and magnesium are some other nutrients that are good for the health of bones.
You can control some factors that are involved in osteoporosis but some are not in your control. To stay fit and to keep your bones healthy eat foods that are good for bones.
Consume nutrients rich foods
If you are a victim of this bone disease, you can still slow down the process of breaking bones. Healthy foods can increase your bone destiny and fight osteoporosis.
Calcium can’t help you without Vitamin D in your body.
Before following any diet plan for osteoporosis, consult your doctor and only eat foods and medicines that are recommended by your doctor.