First Signs of Osteoporosis, Prevention, and Assessment
Do you think you are due for an osteoporosis assessment? Primary osteoporosis occurs due to various factors such as bone mineral mass loss due to age, menopausal factors and defective bone formation. For women, bone mineral mass gradually decreases usually starting at the age of 30, for men with bigger skeletons, their bone mineral loss may begin at a later age.
Secondary osteoporosis, on the other hand, is more associated with grave medical conditions that can damage bone structure and formation. These conditions are associated with multiple myelomas, increased cortisone hormones or hypercortisolism, shrinking of the testicles or hypogonadism and stomach removal or subtotal gastrectomy.
The signs of osteoporosis can be dangerous as you may not even be aware that you’re suffering from this condition. You may experience joint and back pain, but the latter is the most common. Over time, you will discover that you’re leaning down more and more. If you have become shorter as time passes by, this is due to the development of compression fractures, which is another cause of back pain.
Bone mineral mass will also decrease in other bones, particularly the lower and upper extremities, and the hips. This puts a higher risk of sustaining fractures even when you are just lifting something. In serious cases of osteoporosis, a spontaneous fracture will happen in your hip joint causing you to fall. You may think that the fracture is because of the fall, but it is actually the spontaneous fracture in your hip joint.
Osteoporosis Assessment and Prevention
Prevention must start in the teenage years. You need to follow a diet that will provide you with the daily requirement of vitamin D and calcium. It should be composed of proteins, vegetables and fruits and mono as well as polyunsaturated fats. Calcium supplements may be needed if your diet is not balanced. People aged 50 and above need 600 to 800 I.U. of vitamin D and 1200-1600mg of calcium daily. At earlier ages, the recommended calcium intake is 1000mg and 400 I.U for vitamin D.
Stop or avoid smoking and also limit your alcohol consumption. Living a healthy lifestyle is a must. Stay active and engage in various activities. Bicycling, swimming and walking are interesting activities that will add mineral mass to your bones. Instead of taking the escalator or elevator, walk up and down the stairs. Get enough rest. A good night’s sleep is important for the body to have enough time to fix any damage that happens in your daily activities.
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