Osteoporosis and Natural Ways of Treatment and Prevention

Osteoporosis is often referred to as ‘the silent disease’ because many people are not aware they have osteoporosis until they suffer a fracture and are tested for the condition. It is characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which increases bone fragility and risk of fracture, particularly of the hip, spine and wrist.

A person with osteoporosis usually does not realize any signs or symptoms of the condition until a break or fracture occurs and any bone in the body can be affected. Once you age, you should concern more about it, especially if you are female because women are more likely to develop the condition than men due to changing hormones after menopause. You can treat osteoporosis with medication. But lifestyle changes are better ways you can boost your bone health and create healthy joints.

You can prevent or improve this condition by the following natural ways:

Be exposed to sunlight: Sunlight exposure is a good way for your body to get more vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for boosting bone health. It strengthens the skeleton, regulates the amount of calcium in your blood and increases the absorption of calcium and phosphorous from the stomach.

Have a healthy diet: Dairy foods are rich of calcium, an element also essential for bone health. You can get calcium through cheese, yoghurt and milk. Vitamin D helps your body absorb as much calcium as possible from these foods. So,vitamin D-rich foods should be consume. Wheareas, caffeine, alcohol, diets high in animal proteins and soft drinks contain phosphates can all act to reduce calcium absorption. So, reduce your consumption of these products.

Do exercise regularly:  A sedentary lifestyle can contribute to osteoporosis risk. And regular exercise is a key to maintain and build strong bones. It slows down the process of age-related bone loss and increases bone mass. It also help you improve your balance and co-ordination, which could prevent falls and strengthen healthy joints.

Avoid smoking: Smoking is a risk of osteoporosis as well. Quit smoking can help you prevent osteoporosis and other diseases.


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