Prevention Measures to Combat Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone minerals, density and bone strength, particularly of the spine and long bones of the arms and legs.  It is a common problem in menopausal women.  It can be a difficult problem to diagnose and regular x-rays are not that sensitive as they will reveal bone loss only after about 30 percent of the mineral content has been lost.  women should be aware of early signs such as periodontal disease, changes in the curvature of the spinal column, such as a “dowager’s hump,” or pain the the middle of lower back.

 

To prevent osteoporosis it is wise to eat a balanced diet and maintenance of about 1000-1200 milligrams of calcium per day.  Calcium intake in North America is deficient in all ages.  Maximum bone mass and strength is achieved between ages 18 to 35, and two women in three between those ages get less than the recommended daily allowance.  The most potent source of calcium and the one that is best absorbed, is calcium carbonate.  Calcium by itself will not effect bone density.  Nutrients work only by interaction with other nutrients.  For proper calcium absorption and normal bone formation we need Vitamin D, zinc, copper, manganese, fluoride, silica, boron, magnesium and vitamin C.  So don’t purchase a high potency calcium supplement unless you plan to take a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement.

 

Everyday millions of old bone cells die off.  In order to form new replacement cells, bone requires weight-bearing stress on each microscopic point where fibres of bone matrix join together.  Pressure on these points causes essential electrochemical “spsarks” that stimulate grown of new bone cells.  The Osteoporosis Society oas well as the American College of Sports Medicine has recently changed its long time prescription of aerobic exercise to include exercise with weights.  Proper diet, supplementation and exercise are the best prevention measures.

 

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