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Preventing Osteoporosis

Oct 15, 2007
Many people are recently learning that they may be predisposed to osteoporosis due to thyroid supplementation with synthroid. This is true, synthroid, along with many other factors, can lead to bone mass loss. Other contributing factors include excess animal protein and sodium consumption, caffeine consumption, and even lack of sunshine. Recent studies have shown that soy consumption can increase calcium regeneration and facilitate continuous bone regeneration in the body. Since osteoporosis affects over twenty million women and over two million men in the United States, a sound diet rich in soy foods and supplements can help to strengthen calcium retention and stave off many serious consequences.

Along with increasing soy consumption, there are also other ways to prevent osteoporosis while encouraging optimal bone and joint health. Many of us are aware that calcium is important in building strong bones. If you feel that you need to supplement with calcium, make sure to consult a dietary reference to be sure and determine which form will work best for you. You must also remember that magnesium intake is essential when you are supplementing with calcium. Vitamin D, which is also very important in the formation of the skeletal system, helps a great deal with calcium absorption. Wild yam can also have effects similar to soy, as it has the ability to regulate hormone activity. In addition, there are also other minerals that are necessary. Therefore, you should be sure to take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement, especially if your diet is not all that healthy. Lastly, there are many lifestyle factors that can help you to avoid getting osteoporosis. By limiting the use of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, you can guarantee many more healthy years. Keeping active by regularly exercising, stretching, and even doing things as simple as yard work, can work wonders for building strong bones and connective tissue.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones, in which bone mineral density is reduced, and eventually leads to an increased risk of fracture. It is most commonly found in women after menopause but can also be found in men and pre-menopausal women with particular hormone disorders and chronic diseases, or due to smoking and medications. It can be prevented after a few lifestyle changes and medication. Although the disease has no specific symptoms, its main consequence is an increased risk for fracture in the vertebral column, hip, and wrist. The symptoms of a vertebral collapse are acute back pain and shooting pain due to compression of a nerve. After a large number of vertebral fractures occur, the person will experience stooped posture, loss of height, and chronic pain which leads to a resulting reduction in mobility. Fractures of the long bones will impair mobility and may often require surgery. Hip fractures usually require immediate surgery because there are immediate risks that are associated with a hip fracture, including increased mortality. The risk of falling is often increased by impaired eyesight due to any cause, which is why most cases of people with osteoporosis falling is found in the elderly or people with different eye diseases. By removing all obstacles and loose carpets in the living environment, you can substantially reduce the number of falls. For those with previous falls or a balance disorder, you are most at risk for falling, so be very careful.
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