Get Tough On Osteoporosis   

Get Tough On Osteoporosis

Knowledge is one of the best weapons against osteoporosis. Knowing who's at risk, the treatment options available and how to prevent the condition are key.

Those at risk:

1. Postmenopausal women are at greatest risk, also women with premature menopause.

2. Genetics play an important role. Persons with a family history of osteoporosis are at risk.

3. People with a slight body build are more susceptible.

4. People With eating disorders, such as anorexia, are more susceptible.

5. Smokers have a higher lifetime risk of hip fracture than nonsmokers.

6. Caucasians and Asians are most susceptible; Africans are less affected.

Treatment options

While there is currently no cure for osteoporosis, treatments can stop further bone loss and fractures. Treatments include bisphosphonates, calcitonin, calcium, fluorides, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), ipriflavone, selective estrogen receptor modulators, steroids (anabolic), tibolone, vitamin D and vitamin D metabolites. However, evidence for the effectiveness of these medications in reducing fracture risk varies considerably. Talk to your doctor about the treatment option that's best for you.

Fortunately, there are other options. Rehabilitation to regain mobility and reduce pain provides a lot of emotional boost. Peer support through patient societies helps tremendously to restore social contact, confidence and to prevent falls.

Best prevention

Build strong bones, especially before the age of 35. Adopt a healthy lifestyle: eat a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise regularly, don't smoke, limit your alcohol intake and consult with your doctor if you have a family history osteoporosis. 


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