Prevention

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ellalee
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Prevention

Postby ellalee » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:34 am

My mother has been diagnosed with osteoporosis. After reading more about it I am amazed by how common it is. After age 35 you start losing bone mass and once you hit menopause the loss of bone mass year over year increases dramatically.

I guess osteoporosis is diagnosed once the bone mass decreases by a certain amount. I know I need to take calcium and make sure my body absorbs it. Exercise is also important to preventing bone loss.

Any other recommendations? I don't want to live in fear of getting a bone fracture and being bed ridden for months on end.

babbosuth
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Re: Prevention

Postby babbosuth » Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:34 pm

Good question. Osteoporosis is basically a challenge to overcome bone density loss as one's body gradually slows down bone reformation as one gets older. The biggest factors for prevention are lifestyle (diets rich in calcium) and weight bearing exercise. The experts call these 'CDEs' (Calcium, Vitamin D, and Exercise).

My mom takes Evista and has had good results. As a side benefit the drug is used as a preventative for breast cancer. Everyone is different in their osteoporosis treatment and the meds are largely based on the root cause.

Also know that men are also susceptible to osteoporosis. The Osteoporosis Foundation has a good explanation of it at https://www.iofbonehealth.org/osteoporosis-men




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