Osteoporosis in Women: Prevention and Treatment
As you know, osteoporosis mostly affects women. It is we who usually suffer from this chronic disease where the bones lose their mass, become more fragile, and may even become distorted leading to great suffering every day.
Is there any effective solution? Unfortunately, so far there is none. But we can follow a number of strategies by which we can alleviate its impact on us and thereby improve our quality of life. We invite you to learn more about osteoporosis in women today.
What are the risk factors that can determine who might be prone to osteoporosis?
As you know, the bones are formed by living tissue. Structures which change over time starting at our birth, acquiring density and strength as we grow from childhood to adolescence, up until we are about 20 years old. At that moment we usually reach our highest bone mass density.
What does that mean? That a person’s development is essential to having stronger and healthier bones with the passing of time. They basically depend on eating well and good habits of life, allowing them to remain strong and with a good bone mass.
But as you know, sometimes there are things we lack. Deficiencies of calcium, fluoride or vitamin D. However, let’s now analyze in detail what are the factors that can determine who may be more likely to suffer from osteoporosis:
1. Risk factors beyond our control:
- Being a woman: That’s right. It may seem unfair, but our character, genetics and hormonal factors are what will determine if we suffer from this disease, which could become chronic in the long term and with which we must learn to live.
- Age: It’s a matter of time, which is also unavoidable. As we grow older, we are more likely to develop osteoporosis. This is normal.
- Genetics: Do you have a family member who suffers from osteoporosis? Maybe your mother or your grandmother? If so, you have a greater chance of developing it. It is worth keeping this in mind so as to take measures to cope from an earlier age.
- Menopause: The hormonal changes caused by menopause also increase the risk that we will suffer from osteoporosis. Another warning sign is if we experience menopause early, at about 45 years old.
- Body Type: If you’re somewhat petite and have a slender build, there is also some risk of osteoporosis.
2. Risk factors we can control:
- A risk factor we must keep in mind is that it is essential to always keep up our levels of calcium and Vitamin D.
- Avoid alcohol, and even sweetened sodas or carbonated drinks. These soft drinks that we love so dearly are often highly calcium depleting.
- Do you smoke? Then beginning today start breaking free from this very unhealthy habit.
- Watch out for eating disorders such as anorexia. If we go through long spells of such disorders, our bones will suffer from it.
- Having low levels of estrogen or testosterone also determines the onset of osteoporosis. And watch out for irregularities with the thyroid, as they also cause decreased bone mass.
- Be careful also with medications such as corticosteroids, because these treatments for inflammation can cause many problems when taken over many years. The same is true for medicines taken for heartburn. What they do is decrease calcium absorption and cause osteoporosis. Use them with moderation, never abuse them!
How can I treat osteoporosis?
We must first make clear a few aspects. Osteoporosis cannot be cured, only treated. You will always have to follow the treatment your doctor prescribes you. Therefore, it is essential that at the moment you are diagnosed with this you must realize that your life will not be the same as it was before. But with a few changes, encouragement and self-will you can still have a high quality of life.
Do not limit yourself to just taking pain medication, for example. Put into practice these simple tips and enjoy life and yourself.
1. Swimming: You know that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to the loss of bone density. So, if you’ve been told you have this disease do not give up and do not remain still. Swimming 3 times a week will help much to improve your situation. This will help avoid the progression of bone loss, and you’ll notice that you are more capable, with more mobility and less pain.
2. Magnesium and Vitamin D: You can use the supplements sold in pharmacies, or you can talk to your doctor and ask him or her to prescribe them for you. You can also find these indispensable elements in your diet, such as in spinach, pumpkin seeds, brown rice, fish, avocado, natural Greek yogurt, bananas, dried figs, dark chocolate …
3. Horsetail and Dandelion: These are simply wonderful since they help us make up for the silicon deficiencies that we women tend to suffer. If we drink these infusions every day we will be better able to synthesize calcium.
4. Cherries and lemon: These two fruits are essential. Perhaps it is not easy for you to obtain cherries but do not hesitate to drink a glass of lemon juice every day. Why? Basically because it is rich in calcium and vitamin C. It will help us to establish the correct calcification of our bones.
How about we start putting this into practice today?