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Osteoporosis – Weakness in Bones

Osteoporosis is a type of bone disease that is responsible for the extreme brittleness and weakness of your bones. It harms bones in such a way that even mild bends or stretches can cause a fracture.

If your family has a history of Osteoporosis or even hip fracture, then it can happen to you as well. If you have experienced mild fractures and not severe traumas then also Osteoporosis may happen to you.

Risk factors that increase possibilities of experiencing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis or weakness of bones is most commonly seen in women.

  • Before the initiation of a periodic cycle and during it, the bones in a woman’s body remain strong and healthy. But, after menopause, i.e. when the period cycle comes to an end, the bones start to get weakened.

A similar case happens to men whose ages are more than 40-50 years.

There’s a term called “Peak Bone Mass”. It indicates that your bones have the highest strength and density when you’re 25 years old. After this age, bones gradually lose their strength.

To achieve this maximum bone density, you must take proper care of some factors since your childhood. The most influencing factors of peak bone mass are – proper nutrition and regular exercise. These help in the growth of your healthy muscles and bones.

  • Also, if you’ve Rheumatoid Arthritis, then you have greater possibilities of experiencing Osteoporosis.
  • If you consume steroids regularly, then also you may have Osteoporosis.
  • Another risk factor is smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking causes brittleness to your bones. Besides, if you consume alcohol regularly it may also weaken the bones.
  • If you have digestive problems or liver diseases and proper absorption of Calcium doesn’t happen to your body, then also you may experience Osteoporosis.
  • If you’re a diabetic patient for a very long time, then Osteoporosis may happen to you.

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    Remedies to stop Osteoporosis

    There are some primitive measures that you can take to save your bones from destruction.

    • First of all, your regular Calcium intake must be adequate. Hence, you should intake foods that consist high quantity of Calcium. Examples of such foods are milk and milk-made products (such as Paneer, Butter, Cheese), green vegetables, dry fruits, etc. All these foods promote Calcium density in your bones. Hence, you should include them in your regular meals.
    • Your Vitamin D level must be normal. You can consult your doctors for Vitamin D supplements.
    • However, you should consult the specialist and test Calcium density through Bone Density Test, if:
    1. You have already experienced bone fractures and/or you have a history of bone fractures in your family.  
    2. You’re diabetic.
    3. Your age is more than 50 years.
    4. You consume alcohol regularly.
    5. You have any of the above-mentioned risk factors.

      With this test’s report, you would be able to know whether you have Osteoporosis or not. Hence, if you have Osteoporosis you can start taking proper preventive measures.

      There are different forms of medications. Some of the medicines are available in tablet forms, while some are available in injection forms. Doctors commonly prescribe to take the injections once a year. Consuming these medications regularly would help you to prevent the possibility of having Osteoporosis in the future.

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