natural osteoporosis prevention


Osteoporosis prevention is based on the following resorces:

- Adequate diet.

- Supplementacion of calcium and other minerals.

- Alcohol and tobacco refusal.

- Regular exercise.

- Monitoring the effects of menopause in women and andropause or male menopause in men

An adequate diet for osteoporosis

Food plays a key role in the treatment of osteoporosis. A proper diet can help prevent osteoporosis or delay its onset.

In general, we can say that a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D promotes the absorption of this mineral in the bones or prevents the loss of it,favoring its absorption. This is the reason why you should include at least three servings a day of foods rich in calcium.

Vegetal natural foods are the best for this diet, combined with milk or its derivatives and bluefish. (More information about " Diet for osteoporosis" in the listing above)

Neither alcohol nor tobacco for osteoporosis

Both habits are detrimental to bone health because they facilitate the removal of calcium.

Supplements for osteoporosis

Supplements may help to prevent or treat osteoporosis whenever your diet does not provide the necessary vitamins and minerals.

It is advisable to consult with your doctor if you take any medication for the convenience of using any supplements, especially when taking medication.

The main supplements for osteoporosis are:

- Calcium supplements: Taken in capsule form, this mineral supplements are useful for bone calcification. The usual dose is set at 1200 mg daily divided into main meals. There should not be an abusive ingestion of this supplement because, taken in large amounts, it may prevent the absorbtion of other minerals needed by the body.

- Vitamin D supplements: vitamin D supplements allow absorption of calcium. Studies with older people taking calcium and vitamin D have shown an improvement in the strength of their bones and a rate of almost 50% less likely to suffer broken hips, a very common type of injury in older people with osteoporosis.

It is important to take these supplements when you live in dark places or when you work on sites that are sunny most of the day and you can not be exposed to the sun at least about fifteen minutes a day. Sunlight is necessary for the production of this vitamin. Also very appropriate for those who use sunscreens to protect their skin against skin cancer.

The usual dose for this purpose of vitamin D is set at 500 mg daily, divided into two daily doses.

- Vitamin C supplements: Vitamin C prevents oxidation of the cells in the bones and helps make the muscles and tendons stronger. This vitamin helps produce more estrogen in menopause, aiding to slow the bone softening that occurs during this time.. The usual dosages are around 2000 mg daily, divided into two doses.

- Boron supplements: This mineral is involved in estrogen production that helps set the calcium. The dose is 3 mg daily.

- Magnesium supplements: Needed for Vitamin D to work. The dose is around 500 mg per day divided into two main meals.

- Manganese Supplements: Manganese is necessary to absorb other minerals. The dose is about 20 mg daily, divided into two doses.

Another supplement that might be interesting to improve the absorption of different minerals is zinc (30 mg daily)

Exersise for osteoporosis

Exercise is necessary to keep bones, muscles and tendons in good condition. We should get used to be engaged in physical activity from young, so that when we are older, physical activities can be considered as something usual and necesasary.

The best exercises are those that can build muscle and strengthen bones that support the body, That's to say bones of the legs, hips and spine. Common exercises such as walking, running, jumping, climbing stairs, etc are included in this group

These exercises will be primarily and, to a lesser degree, they must be combined with others that will strengthen the muscles of the arms and neck, such as machine exercises.

To increase the resistance we will not forget those activities that increase the respiratory and cardiovascular capacity, such as cycling or swimming. This type of exercise does not have as great an impact on bone health as those intended to strengthen the legs, neck, spine or hips.

Monitoring the effects of menopause in women and andropause or male menopause in men

It is recommended the women to perform the bone density test (densitometry) when they reach menopause, although they may not show signs of softening. Men should check the status of their bones from 65 on.

Either by means of some medication, hormone therapy or through a natural treatment osteoporosis must be taken into account very seriously as soon as posible.

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*Related subjects: Osteoporosis and menopause, Women diseases

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