Posts Tagged ‘Exercise’
World Osteoporosis Day recognizes the ravages of osteoporosis on women internationally. Worldwide the risk of Hip Fracture is equal to the risk of Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, and Uterine Cancer combined. For many, death comes much sooner after hip fracture.
Osteoporosis is not limited to richer countries like the US, EU, Japan, etc. Osteoporosis is even more devastating to poorer families in countries without welfare, where every member of the family must work their entire lives to ensure family survival. The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) focuses on all women (and men). World Osteoporosis Day is the day to learn about the IOF 5 point plan for better bone health.
A good question from a woman who had brought her mother in for treatment of osteoporosis with complications. I answered, “when you are as old as she is”, pointing to her teen-age daughter. That shocked all three women!
Gradual deterioration of bone is a natural process that begins at about age 30. Before age 30 your bones are building up – but only if you are getting enough calcium, Vitamin D3, Magnesium, protein and vigorous exercise, like running or aerobics.
Falls cause Fractures. Preventing falls, or decreasing the number of falls, decreases fractures. How can you do that? Twice daily physical therapy exercises help improve muscle strength, balance and endurance. Eliminating throw rugs and steps helps.
The big news at National Osteoporosis Foundation last month was about fall prevention with Vitamin D3. Lots of new information.
This week a patient told me “I can’t have Osteoporosis, because I feel fine!” Osteoporosis is often silent. Osteoporosis can sneak up on you. You do not feel a thing – until the first fracture. And even then you must pay attention to realize that you have been warned.
High blood pressure can hide until the first stroke, or TIA if you are lucky. High cholesterol can hide until the first heart attack, a minor one if you are lucky. Diabetes can be overlooked until your eyesight or kidneys fail, or you lose a leg to ulcers. However, all of these, including Osteoporosis, can be successfully treated before a major problem arrives!!!