Concerned About Osteoporosis? Living A Healthy Lifestyle
Does Make A Difference.

Osteoporosis Definition What is Osteoporosis? It is a condition in which your bones become thin, brittle and weak - it affects well over 10-million people in this country. . It causes you to shrink as you age, but more significantly, it causes your bones to fracture easily.

And these fractures, particularly hip fractures in the elderly, can easily lead to complications that result in death. Did you know your chances of dying as a result of a hip fracture are greater than your chances of dying from cancer? It's true!

So, what causes osteoporosis? Well, some causes are simply genetic, but others are definitely related to your lifestyle. Who is at risk? Everybody! But, for some of us (like me), our chances are greater due to certain risk factors that are out of our control.

Risk Factors That Are Out Of Your Control:

  • Being small-boned or thin.
  • Being Caucasian or Asian.
  • Being female.
  • Being menopausal.
  • Being bedridden for long periods due to illness or injury.
  • Having a family history of osteoporosis.
  • Having other medical conditions such as diabetes, celiac disease, COPD, hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, hyperparathyroidism, hyperadrenalism and eating disorders.
  • And, the older you are, the greater your risk (once you reach your 30s, you start losing bone).

Does this mean you're doomed to shrinkage and fractures if you have the above risk factors? Not necessarily. The risk factors below are things you have control over. If you can eliminate the following risk factors, you can possibly prevent or minimize your chances of developing osteopenia (the pre-cursor to osteoporosis where your bones are less dense than normal) and osteoporosis.

Risk Factors You Can Control:

  • Being inactive.
  • Smoking.
  • Drinking alcohol in excess.
  • Drinking coffee (more than 2 cups per day).
  • Drinking soda (especially colas).
  • Having a diet high in animal protein.
  • Having a diet high in salt.
  • Not getting enough calcium and magnesium in your diet.
  • Not getting enough sunshine (or Vitamin D in your diet).
  • Taking certain medications, such as steroids, anti-seizure meds, aluminum-containing antacids, and loop diuretics such as lasix.

Please watch this informative video.

Other than eliminating as many risk factors as possible, what can you do to keep your bones strong?

First, please read my various pages on prevention and treatment. I've put together a list of the best natural treatments for osteoporosis, as well as information about drugs used to prevent and treat bone loss. I also give diet suggestions - what to eliminate and what to include to help keep your bones as strong as possible.

I've also got pages on exercise to prevent osteoporosis, as well as exercises for osteoporosis. Finally, check out my pages on supplements for osteoporosis. There's so much to learn,and so many things you can do to help your bones!

As I uncover more valuable information, I will include it here - so please check back often. Please sign up for my monthly newsletter which gives you more tips for creating the healthy lifestyle you deserve!

RN, Certified Wellness Coach

More Information on Osteoporosis:

Secondary Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis In Men
Osteoporosis T Score
Smoking and Osteoporosis
Steroids and Osteoporosis
Anorexia and Osteoporosis
Caffeine and Osteoporosis
Strontium for Osteoporosis
Strontium Supplements
Strontium Ranelate
Strontium Citrate
Calcium and Osteoporosis
The Vitamin D Osteoporosis Connection
Magnesium and Osteoporosis
Whole Body Vibration Therapy

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