Healthy diet outweighs the amount of exercise you do.
OSTEOPOROSIS - THE SILENT AFFLICTION
Osteoporosis is the condition where bones become thinner and weaker over time. The size and density of the bone is affected. Osteoporosis to a lesser or greater degree happens to everyone as time gone on. Starting in mid-life but accelerating greatly starting the sixth decade. It is a silent affliction, in that generally there are no symptoms until a low-energy facture occurs. In severe cases of osteoporosis, especially of the spine, a nonspecific aching pain can occur before fractures. Osteoporosis accelerates rapidly in women after the age of menopause causing a loss of 15% of bone density in the first five years.
A fragility fracture is a sentinel event caused by a low-energy ground-level injury after age 50. Fragility fractures are always caused by osteoporosis. Fragility fractures of the spine often occur without injury. Other common fragility fractures are fractures of the hip, the shoulder, and the wrist. Fragility fractures are the most prevalent and the most expensive health problem for women over 50. Fragility fractures can cause great pain, deformity, disability, and even death. A patient with a hip fracture has a tenfold increased risk of having a second fragility fracture of any kind. A patient who has one vertebral compression fracture has five times increased probability of having a second one and a five times increased chance of having a hip fracture. Fragility fractures pose a lifetime risk of death equal to breast cancer.
OSTEOPOROSIS AND FRAGILITY FRACTURES
Osteoporosis is also a strong indicator of overall poor health. Patients with osteoporosis have a five times greater chance of having coronary artery disease than those without osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is highly correlated with arterial calcification which occurs when calcium is deposited in the walls of the blood vessels which supply blood to the heart, brain, and extremities. A fragility fracture is usually the first clue that you have osteoporosis. Fragility fractures are three times more common than strokes or heart attacks and ten times more common than breast cancer as one-half of women and one-quarter of men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Approximately 20% of patients with hip fractures due to osteoporosis will require long-term nursing or home care. Only 40% of patients with hip fractures regain their pre-fracture level of independence.
BONES ARE ALIVE
Children and teenagers form bone size and strength rapidly. From ages 14 to 18 are when the greatest amount of bone is formed in your skeleton. Usually, this peak bone mass is maintained during adulthood through mid-life. For most women bone loss increases rapidly after menopause when estrogen levels drop sharply. Obviously, the more bone you have at the time of peak bone mass the better you will be protected against osteoporosis later in lie. Peak bone mass in the young can be maximized through good nutrition and especially impact and resistance exercise.
RISK FACTORS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF OSTEOPOROSIS
It is possible to have strong bones for the rest of your life. Proper treatments for your bones will also boost your immune system which reduces the chances of colds, flu, strokes, heart disease, and even cancer! Treatment for your bones also keep calcium out of your arteries and heart valves reducing the chance of blocked arteries in your heart and legs. While you are improving your bones, you will also be preventing strokes and improving your balance and overall physical performance. What this means is that as you take steps to improve your bone health, you are also greatly enhancing your overall wellness and longevity.
INTRODUCING THE OAKLAND ORTHOPEDIC BONE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER
You can now start to improve your bone health while greatly enhancing your overall wellness and longevity. We would like to work with you toward that goal. There are many important steps you can take. Our program includes:
YOUR HEALTH IS IMPORTANT TO US AND WE WOULD LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP YOU PREVENT FRACTURES WHILE GREATLY IMPROVING YOUR OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLNESS. PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT (248)334-0524 FOR A CONSULTATION.
TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE:
ABSOLUTE TOBACCO AND NICOTINE CESSATION.
AVOID STEROIDS AND PROTON PUMP INHIBITOR MEDICATIONS.
MINIMAL ALCOHOL USE.
VITAMIN D - THE SUNSHINE HORMONE
The single most important supplement.
VITAMIN C - THE GREAT HEALER
VITAMIN K - KEEPS CALCIUM WHERE IT SHOULD BE
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