Bones are a part of your body that often get overlooked when considering your overall health. If your bones don’t hurt, it can be easy to assume that they are healthy. However, this is not the case with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the amount of calcium and minerals in the bone decreases, leading to a reduction in bone density. This means if you are living with osteoporosis, your more prone to fractures due to your more fragile bones.
Osteoporosis prevention should begin in childhood and continue throughout your life. If you are mindful of getting enough calcium, vitamin D, exercising, avoiding smoking and alcohol and have a lifetime of proper nutrition, the likelihood of forming osteoporosis greatly decreases.
Laurie Johnson, RN, at Vista Prairie at River Heights Senior Living Community wants seniors to know that if they do have osteoporosis, there are treatment measures to help defend and fortify your bones. Treatment for osteoporosis involves calcium supplements, Vitamin D, prescription medication and potentially physical therapy. Although osteoporosis is not curable, it is very possible to decrease the progression through activity and medication.
When living with osteoporosis some things to consider:
A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D provides the body with important minerals that form the building blocks of bones.
Weight bearing exercises
Always seek approval from a physician before starting any exercise program, especially if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Once you do get approval from a physician, simple exercises such as walking and climbing up a flight of stairs are beneficial.
Muscle strengthening exercises
Weight training helps improve your muscle strength, something very important for someone with osteoporosis. Use your own body weight or equipment such as elastic bands, free weights, and stability balls to work on your muscle strength.
Core stabilization exercises
Core exercises help improve posture and balance, which greatly helps with the prevention of falls, injuries, injuries and fractures. Yoga and Pilates are two low-impact forms of exercise that can greatly improve your core stabilization!
If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, don’t despair. Millions of individuals with osteoporosis have happy, healthy and productive lives.