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.
women are at greatest risk, also women with
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
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
Africans are less affected.
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
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.