Osteoporosis: Who is at risk?

The truth is that osteoporosis can affect anyone: both men and women. A greater risk is associated in post-menopausal females, those with a family history of osteoporosis, early menopause, infrequent menstrual periods, or absence of a menstrual period. Digestive issues, malabsorption, kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis are other risk factors. Lifestyle and diet further impact our likelihood of developing the disease. Being sedentary, a moderate to high alcohol intake and cigarette smoking all advance the risk. In addition to the mentioned risk factors, diets high in caffeine, animal protein, and sodium, further our risk. The key to osteoporosis prevention is to have an alkaline diet that will not leach calcium from our bones. This means that the foods we eat should contribute to an alkaline environment in our cells. Having a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, increasing our overall fruit and vegetable consumption, and decreasing our red meat intake all help. Avoiding carbonated beverages and limiting alcohol intake is also important. Exercise is integral in helping to improve bone density including weight bearing exercises. Naturopathic doctors and osteopathic manual practitioners can help you manage your osteoporosis symptoms and related pain.

Disclaimer: The information above is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat a health condition. Always consult with your health care provider if this is suitable for you.

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Alene Falomo