Osteoporosis can be prevented and is also treatable. Prevention can only be by having a healthy lifestyle. Several treatments are now available to treat osteoporosis. Here is a guide on how to prevent osteoporosis.
How can I prevent osteoporosis?
Building strong bones, especially
before the age of 35, can be the best defense against developing osteoporosis,
and a healthy lifestyle can be critically important for keeping bones strong.
To help prevent osteoporosis, do the following:
Exercise regularly with weight-bearing
activities like walking.
Do not smoke and limit alcohol intake.
Talk to your doctor if you have a family
history of osteoporosis or no longer have the protective benefit of estrogen
due to natural or surgically induced menopause. Your doctor may suggest
a bone density measurement at menopause through a safe and painless test
that can help predict your chance of fracturing in the future.
Once I have osteoporosis,
can anything really be done?
Although there is no cure for osteoporosis,
there are treatments available to help stop further bone loss and reduce
the risk of fractures. Today, doctors are better equipped to detect
and treat bone loss in its earliest stages, so as to prevent the disease
or lessen its impact. In addition, several drug therapies, now on
the market, have been shown to be clinically effective in slowing down
or reversing bone-loss process. The diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis
should begin with an objective, quantifiable measurement of your bone mass
and density (see Bone Densitometry).
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