What is Osteoporosis?
It is the progressive loss of bone density. It is often referred to as a silent killer, because usually the condition is undetected until severe fractures start to occur. This silent thief can steal calcium and mineral strength from your bones without you being aware of it. There is no cure or even proven treatment for Osteoporosis Statistics but the effects of it can be lessened. By taking steps in both exercise and diet early in life you can lay down a “bone bank” which may reduce its disabling effects in later years.
The skeleton is like a retirement account for minerals and as with superannuation, the younger you start to contribute, the bigger the bank you have to withdraw from. Calcium intake needs to combine with vitamin D to make it work properly; consequently we need to have plenty of access to sunlight.
Adequate calcium intake in young children and teenagers should ideally be met through adequate nutrition guide.
Children who can’t for whatever reason consume dairy food, can supplement their calcium intake from calcium fortified drinks and dark green leafy vegetables. Tofu, canned fish and fortified cereal products can all help with the intake of calcium. Ideally milk and yogurt, cheese and other dairy foods are the prime source of calcium in young diets.
Remember that the FDA recommended intake of 1000 milligrams of calcium a day does not take into account individual requirements. As women concerned with women’s health we know that more or less may be needed.
Morbidity according yo CDC government
- Percent of men 65 years of age and over with osteoporosis of the femur neck or lumbar spine: 5.1%
- Percent of women 65 years of age and over with osteoporosis of the femur neck or lumbar spine: 24.5%
- Source: Percentage of Adults Aged 65 and Over With Osteoporosis or Low Bone Mass at the Femur Neck or Lumbar Spine
Osteoporosis in Middle Age:
In middle age you can help keep the calcium intake up with regular exercise, moderate intake of alcohol, no smoking, consuming a balanced diet, awareness of hormone replacement therapy, and moderation in caffeine intake. This applies to men as well as to
Osteoporosis and Our Senior Citizens:
Often as we grow older, we exercise less; try maybe to switch the way you exercise. Take up swimming, this is a great way to exercise and has no weight loss tips, and whilst weight bearing is the best form of exercise to prevent calcium loss and Osteoporosis, any exercise is better than none!!
Sometimes as older people we are confine to home or to a nursing home and are less able to care for ourselves. If we are unable to move about, we should insist that our chairs are placed in front of large windows so that we can still gain some benefit from sunlight.
Remember that treatment with steroids, antacids with aluminum, and thyroid replacement medications, kidney disease, lack of estrogen, can increase the risk of Osteoporosis Statistics.
What to Do after Osteoporosis Statistics:
As bone loss occurs when calcium levels begin to decrease, you can do a little to prevent the onset. If any of the risk factors apply to you, and/or when you reach middle age, talk to your doctor about a bone density test. Remember that as little as two glasses of milk a day and 16 ounces of cottage cheese could make a difference as well as calcium fortified food such as orange juice. Increase your calcium intake, together with vitamin and mineral supplements. Eat a balanced diet and exercise on a regular basis for present to Osteoporosis Statistics.