Osteoporosis means porous bones. After age 30 our bones lose density, unless we do something to prevent it. The loss of bone density associated with osteoporosis can go on for years without being noticed, it is painless until the fragile bones break. It is usually noticed when tests are done to determine bone density, or when there have been more than 1 fracture in a short period of time.
Many people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they start fracturing bones. At this point they will have to start taking a medication to increase bone density. And most medications have some side effects. It will also be recommended that you exercise as well. At this point, weight bearing exercise will maintain bone density, and prevent you from losing even more bone. For many years it was thought that once you lost bone density, you cannot get it back; that you can only maintain it. Research is now showing encouraging signs that sometime soon we might be able to increase bone density as we age, instead of just maintain it.
You can increase bone density, but only until age 35. After age 35, it is very hard to increase bone density. That is why what you do when you are young will determine if you get osteoporosis or not in the future. Even if you are 60 years old, it is not too late to benefit from eating right and exercising. As you age, eating right and exercising will maintain your bone density, preventing you from losing even more bone. It will also strengthen up muscles, ligaments and tendons that provide support to your body and joints.
Weight bearing exercises such as: walking, weight lifting, yoga, to chi, pilates, treadmill, stair master will all help prevent or slow down osteoporosis. Bone reacts to stress put upon it by remodeling and becoming denser to deal with the added stress of exercise. Eating right will make sure that you have the right amount of bio-available calcium in your body that your bones can use to adequately repair and remodel themselves.
Exercise and eat right to prevent health issues in the future like osteoporosis. If you already have health issues currently, eating right and exercising will help you feel better, heal quicker, and manage your health issues. It is the best thing you can do for yourself, by far. Better than what any doctor or health care practitioner can do for you. Take control of your health, the Pain Free Way.
I am attaching a slide show with other helpful information on how to manage osteoporosis: