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Shvoong Home>Medicine & Health>Osteoporosis-A bone disintegrating disease. Review

Osteoporosis-A bone disintegrating disease.

Article Review   by:Syeda Saifee     Original Author: Syeda Saifee
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Osteoporosis in people begin because of lack of awareness and negligence. Osteoporosis is mainly the disintegration of bones where in the bones loses its mass they become hallow and brittle and are liable to break with the slightest pressure . It can lead to broken bones, which in turn can cause deformity, chronic pain or disability. It can even be fatal; up to 25% of older people who suffer a broken hip die within a year. It is not the disease of only aged as is thought by many it can begin in childhood but has consequences later in life.
According to a new medical understanding there are some best ways to protect ourselves and our children from this disease. Simple life style changes and proper diet goes a long way in defeating many ghastly diseases as this. the faster we understand this and get moving the better it is.
Take enough calcium: Calcium is most important in building healthy bones. Take diet rich in calcium like milk and dairy products. Exercise is another factor that helps grow your skeleton stronger. The recommended dietary allowance of calcium is 1300mg per day. If you and your children are not getting enough calcium from your diet go for supplements. The other good sources of calcium include sardines, Indian carp, leafy-green vegetables, cereals like ragi, soya, calcium-fortified juices and breakfast cereal.
Vitamin D: Lack of vitamin D lead to diseases like prostate, colon and other cancers, diabetes along with unhealthy bones. Vitamin D aids in better absorption of calcium and helps in forming new bones hence as important as calcium. But unfortunately Vitamin D is not found in many foods It can be obtained from a handful of foods like cod liver oil and egg yolk. We can get this vitamin naturally, through exposure to the sun. It is a great idea if you can make it a habit of spending atleast 20-30 minutes in sun everyday, just after sunrise or before sunset.
As you age, you lose bone faster than you produce it. Especially women in menopause. It is not that men are exempted from osteoporosis they too lose bone density and can face osteoporosis though gradually. Women get into it a faster rate. So it is necessary that all age groups exercise regularly and come out of a sedentary life style.
Its never too late to develop healthy habits we can start right away from any point in life. So let us adopt bone-friendly habits to keep our bones strong our skeleton is the foundation on which our body stands, if your foundation is not strong your body too will collapse.
A bone mineral density test is highly advisable especially for the people above 50 years of age. Know that, osteoporosis do not give you any signals before it approaches or you never face any symptoms until you break your bone or fracture it from a simple fall. A bone mineral density test is a good precautionary measure.
Published: November 17, 2007   
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