Posted by: admin in Articles on April 5th, 2011

It used to be that osteoporosis was considered a disease that affected only the elderly.  We particularily associated osteoporosis with older women whose backs were slightly hunched over or those who could no longer stand up straight.  Today, the truth is that an estimated 20 million American women suffer from osteoporosis, and 80 percent them don’t even know it.

Osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive condition that steals bone from the body, leading to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist.  Older people can suffer disability and even death from osteoporosis-related fractures.  Alarmingly, one in two women and one in eight men will suffer from an osteoporosis-related fracture in his or her lifetime.

Many people confuse osteoporosis with arthritis and wait for swollen joints and discomfort before being tested.  Even though osteoporosis is painless until a bone fracture occurs, it is important to find out how healthy your bones are now, and, if need be, adjust your lifestyle to avoid this brittle bone disease.  The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips to maintain healthy bones:

  • Start a regular exercise program.  Walking, skipping rope, jogging, playing raquet sports, swimming, and aerobics are all helpful in reducing the risk of osteoporosis.  Exercising for 20 minutes three times a week is helpful.
  • Although weight lifting exercises are generally recommended, the National Osteoporosis Foundation says those suffering from osteoporosis should consult their health care practitioner before beginning a weight lifting program because excessive strain on the bones could result.
  • Those with severe osteoporosis and who have suffered from fractures may find Tai Chi, a form of martial arts, to be a beneficial strength training exercise system.
  • People suffering from osteoporosis should be careful when bending and lifting heavy objects, including grandchildren.  Bend from the knees, not the waist, when lifting, and try to avoid hunching while sitting or standing.
  • Be sure to include calcium in your daily diet.  The National Institutes of Health recommendations are 1,00o  mg/day for post-menopausal women taking estrogen, 1,500 mg/day for postmenopausal women not taking estrogen, and 1,500 mg/day for men and women over 65 years of age.
  • If you are looking for a calcium supplement, try one that is highly absorbable, such as microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC), or one of the malates, fumarates, succinates, glutarates, or citrates.  But don’t overdo it.  Taking more than the recommeded amount of calcuim may cause kidney stones.
  • Eat a healthy, well-balance diet, including fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds.  Try broccoli, kale, collard greens, cabbage and turnip greens.  Experiment with tofu, salmon, sardines, and grains.  Low-fat milk and/or yogurt are good sources of calcium.  (A glass of low-fat milk and a cup of yogurt add 600 mg of calcium to your daily diet).
  • Drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day (herb teas, juices, and coffee are not a substitute for water).  Avoid caffeine, carbonated sodas, alcohol, baked goods and junk food.
  • Watch you animal protein intake.

Chiropractic Care Can Help…

Talk to you doctor of chiropractic about ways to improve the health of your bones.  Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to treat patients of all ages and can help people suffering from osteoporosis lead healthier lives.*

*(Reprinted with permission of the American Chiropractic Association)

No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by the doctor or other licensed health care professional.
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