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Osteoporosis

 

OsteoporosisOsteoporosis is the thinning out of bone.  It is a factor of the aging process, and results in the increasing risk of fractures (or breaks) in the bones, especially the hip and spine. This process escalates after the menopause, but begins even in your twenties.  It is far more common in women than men.  It is frequent cause of pain, inability to move about, and death in people who are afflicted with it.  The treatments available for it are costly, difficult to tolerate, and sometimes have serious side effects.

Prevention is the best cure.  Calcium and Vitamin D intake is probably the most important factor.  Milk and diary products (yogurt, ice cream, cheese) are very important especially in young women.  Other sources are tofu, fortified juices, canned salmon, sardines, kale, and broccoli.  (Frozen yogurt has ½ the calories of ice cream.)

Weight bearing or strength building exercise is also very important.  This means walking, running, weight lifting, and working out on resistance machines.

Supplements such as Calcium pills with Vitamin D have been shown to be beneficial to those who cannot or will not take sufficient calcium in their diet.  They are probably the best alternative for those people, particularly young women who are at greater risk.

Contact Metropolitan Medical Associates for more information on what women can do to prevent the effects of Osteoporosis

 

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