Osteopenia and osteoporosis are common health conditions, particularly among menopausal women. As soon as estrogen levels decline, women start losing bone mass faster than before.
Osteoporosis carries a risk of fractures. Fractures, especially in the elderly population, can severely affect quality of life. After a fracture, many people need to move to long-term care homes because they are no longer able to live on their own.
Avoiding fractures by reducing and slowing down the loss of bone mass is the primary goal in treating osteoporosis. Although prescription medication is available for this condition, it is not without side effects. There are also dietary and lifestyle changes than can be made that are very effective at helping to slow down or stop bone loss.
Regular exercise, particularly weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, and weightlifting, can help to strengthen bones and reduce the risk of fractures. Adequate calcium and vitamin D intake is also important for maintaining bone health, and can be obtained through a diet rich in dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods, or through supplements if necessary.
In addition, other lifestyle factors such as quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and maintaining a healthy weight can also help to prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures.
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, as well as guidance on lifestyle changes and medications that may be necessary to manage the condition.
Book an appointment with me to discuss how dietary and lifestyle changes can help you better manage your osteopenia or osteoporosis.