Preventing osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that makes bones brittle, leaving them susceptible to breaking or fracturing.

About fifty percent of all women over sixty, and thirty three percent of men over sixty will experience a fracture because of osteoporosis.

The condition occurs when bones lose minerals like calcium at a faster rate than the body can replace them. This leads to bones losing their thickness and becoming much more fragile.

If a person has osteoporosis even a slight or innocuous bump can cause a fracture.

The good news is that if you act early you can go a long way to preventing the onset of osteoporosis.

The first step is to ensure you are taking in enough calcium in your daily diet. For most people, this means about 122 milligrams of calcium should be consumed per day, but this amount fluctuates based on age and sex.

Also try to regularly consume foods rich in Vitamin D, because this vitamin helps the body to properly absorb calcium.

You need to also make sure that you regularly do weight bearing exercise. When we exercise with weights we are not just strengthening our muscles, we are also strengthening our bones.

Finally, you may wish to speak to your doctor about arranging additional hormone supplies to your body. These often come via injection.

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