Osteoporosis treatment aim to reduce pain and prevent fractures. Osteoporosis treatment will help to strengthen your already weaken bones. Osteoporosis treatment focuses on maximizing the person’s ability to go on with his or her day to day activities. Imagine a disease that slowly quietly weaken bones, often going undiagnosed, even when it breaks them. Your bones are like other parts of your body – alive and constantly growing some bone cells dissolve and grow to replace them in a remodelling process. At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporosis fracture during their lifetime.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to increased risk of bone fracture. It is known as “SILENT DISEASE”, due to the reason that bone deterioration can occur over a number of years without presenting a symptoms. Unfortunately, if detected at the time of break, the disease is fairly advanced. The most common fracture associated with osteoporosis are hip, spine, wrist and shoulder. Today no single cause has been known.
This article looks at the signs or symptoms, types, causes, foods to eat, foods to avoid when suffering from osteoporosis, how fractures can be prevented by preventing fall, lifestyle precautions that can help YOU stay safer and OSTEOPOROSIS TREATMENT for those that are interested.
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This write-up will enable YOU to know :
- Symptoms of osteoporosis.
- Causes of osteoporosis.
- Types of osteoporosis.
- How osteoporosis can be prevented.
- Vitamins and minerals that must be included in your diet.
- What to avoid in your diets and
- Osteoporosis treatment.
Let me elaborate…
Types of Osteoporosis
There are many types of osteoporosis but we will base our explanation on:
(A) Primary Type 1 Osteoporosis: It is referred to as post-menopausal osteoporosis which is more common in women than men that is related to low estrogen levels in post menopause women. However, it is the most common type.
(B) Primary Type 2 Osteoporosis: It occurs due to decrease calcium absorption by the body as a result of vitamin D deficiency. It is also known as “Senile Osteoporosis” . It generally happen when a person is above 70 years of age.
(C) Secondary Osteoporosis: It is caused by a medical condition or treatments that affects bone mass and causes bone loss. Disease and disorders include:
- Serious kidney failure.
- Cusing’s liver disease.
- Liver impairment.
- Anorexia nervosa and bulima.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Chronic obstructive plumonary disease.
- Multiple myeloma.
- Leukemia and
- Metastatic bone diseases.
(D) Osteopenia : Takes place when bone mineral density is lower than normal but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. Osteopenia shares the same risk factors as osteoporosis and it raises risk of developing osteoporosis. But not everyone who has Osteopenia goes onto develop osteoporosis.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
In it early stages, osteoporosis generally causes no symptoms. Overtime, a person with osteoporosis may notice back pain, loss of height and a stopped posture.But in many cases the first symptoms a person may have is broken bone. Bone fractures are most serious, causing death in some cases. Osteoporosis – related bone fractures most commonly occur in the spine, followed by the wrists, hip and pelvis.
These fractures usually result from minor falls or accidents but spinal fractures may also happen if the vertebrae (spinal bones) weaken to the point of crumbling. While some vertebral fractures causes no symptoms, others can cause back pain and hunched posture.Aside from causing pain and altering your posture. Osteoporosis and bone fracture can reduce mobility and affect your emotional state resulting in depression and anxiety.
Causes of Osteoporosis
Different things combine together to result in osteoporosis, they are:
- Low estrogen in women.
- Low testosterone in women.
- Poor nutrition.
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Lack of or not enough sunshine.
- Problem with proper calcium absorption.
- Certain medical issues.
- Little direct skin contact with the earth surface.
- Being in active.
- Medication: some medications causes bone loss.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Smoking:women who smoke tends to have worse bone mineral density than those who do not, which makes them more likely to break a bone.
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Here’s the bottom line…
Prevention of Osteoporosis
About 85 to 90 % of adults bone mass is acquired by age of 18 in girls and 20 in boys, so building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can help prevent osteoporosis later in life. There are some lifestyle choices you can make to help prevent osteoporosis such as:
- Get your blood tested for osteoporosis.
- Get proper nutrition.
- Take nutritional supplements.
- Sleep 8 to 9 hours a day to heal and regulate your body.
- Connect with the earth by walking or standing barefoot whenever possible.
- Lower your protein consumption.
- Avoid or reduce consumption of alcohol.
- Get sunshine:The body makes vitamin D when it is directly exposed to the sun.
- Avoid too much caffeine
- Exercise: The best activities for someone who has osteoporosis are low impact, moderate – intensity forms of exercise such as:
- Aerobic or using the elliptical machine.
Now, let me tell YOU…
The foods to avoid by osteoporosis patients.
1. High Phosphorus diet: Excess Phosphorus pulls calcium from your bones, that is lost through urine. It is hard for your kidney to process much phosphorus. High phosphoric acid foods are: red meats, soft drinks and foods with phosphate additives.
2. Avoid Refined sugar and excess carbohydrates: Replace your sugar intake with honey.
3. Avoid charred or burnt foods
4. Salt intake: A good osteoporosis diet is the one that is low in salt.
5. Avoid non organic – fruits and vegetables: look for fruits and vegetables that are preserved without pesticides to make them bug free.
Now, it is time to analyze…
Most Vital Nutrients for Osteoporosis Treatment
1. Calcium: is a key building block for your bones. How much you get depends on your age and gender. Your medical doctor will determine how much you get. Good sources of calcium are: coconut water, oranges, almonds, kale, bok choy, dried Figs, sardines, salmon, white beans, sesame seeds, seaweeds, scent leaf, tetrapleura tetraptera, et cetra.
2. Vitamin D : Experts think that vitamin D may do more to protect you from osteoporosis than only helping you absorbs calcium. Vitamin D helps your body muscles move, because nerves need vitamin D to carry messages from your body to your brain. Your immune system also needs vitamin to fights bacteria and viruses. Many people get some vitamin D naturally from sunlight. Excellent sources of vitamin D include: Egg yolks, beef liver, cheese, orange juice, soy milk, tuna, mackerel, salmon, shiitake mushrooms, cod, yogurt, trout, oatmeal, milk (whole, non fat or reduced fat), sunlight.
However, osteoporosis treatment will help you to maintain healthy bone mineral density and bone mass. It is best to get these nutrients from diets or foods rather than supplements. There is no cure for osteoroposis but proper osteoroposis treatment can help to protect and strengthen your weaken bones.
This article is not meant to be a substitute where the services of medical professional is urgently needed.
1. Spinach (Gborongi in Igbo; Allayyahu in Hausa; Amunututu, Egungun ori iganna, Toromon iganna in Yoruba) it is rich in calcium. You can add fresh Spinach leaves in your diet. You may steam it , boil it slightly or take it in juice form for osteoporisis treatment.
2. Cloves (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa) Due to the presence of phenolic compound such as isoflavones, flavonoids and flavones aid bone mass retention and prevent bone deterioration. Put half tablespoon of Clove powder in 200 ml lukewarm water. Mix thoroughly and drink once a day for osteoporosis treatment.
3. Vinegar: helps to increase the efficiency of calcium uptake from the food we consume. You may add few drops of Vinegar in your salads or soups.
4. Figs (Farin baure in Hausa; Opoto in Yoruba) it is rich in VITAMIN B, minerals such as Manganese, calcium and iron that need for the prevention and management of osteoporosis. Eat 2 Figs once a day for osteoporosis treatment.
Or: Crush 3 fresh fig leaves into mixed with 200 ml milk. Boil it, when it is lukewarm stop the boiling. Drink when it is cool. Drink 2 times a day for osteoporisis treatment.
5. SORGHUM / GUINEA CORN (Oka in Igbo; igu in Idoma; Okababa in Yoruba; Dawa in Hausa) Magnesium in Sorghum is vital in increasing body calcium absorption rate. Always drink Sorghum or Guinea Corn every morning.
6. Coconut Water (Omi agbon in Yoruba; Ame Kokodia in Urhobo; Enyi akuba in Idoma; Aki beke mmri in Igbo) it contains great amount of magnesium and calcium that is vital for bone health. Drink 150 ml of fresh Coconut water daily for osteoporosis treatment.
7. Soy beans (Ewa soya in Yoruba; Wake soya in Hausa) have high vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium and calcium that are vital for healthy bones. Include soy beans varieties in your diet.
Avoid fried soy beans cake.
8. Tiger Nuts (imumu in Yoruba; Aya in Hausa; Akiausa in Igbo; Opu – opa in Igala) Regular consumption of fresh Tiger nuts strengthen your bones and teeth due to it magnesium and calcium content.
Avoid dried Tiger nuts because they contains lot of sugar. Also, avoid Tiger nut that contains added sugar.
9. Banana (Ogede omimi, Igede paranta in Yoruba; Agbo in Idoma; Unine, unere in Igbo; Ayaba in Hausa) Due to it minerals contents Banana strengthen your bones and fight osteoporosis. Eat 2 bananas daily.
10. Sesame seeds/ Benni seeds (Ridi in Hausa ; Ocha in Idoma; Ekuku gogoro in Yoruba; Ishwa in Tiv; Doo in Jukun ; Igogo in Igala; Gorigo in Ebira) combination of Calcium and Zinc minerals in sesame seeds are useful for osteoporosis and bone related ailments. Soak 1 tablespoon of Sesame seeds or Benniseeds in water for 2 to 3 hours. Grind it to paste, mix with 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey. Take once a day. It is very effective in Osteoporosis treatment.
11. Pineapple (Ogede oyinbo in Yoruba; Akwu oyinbo in Igbo; Mbuer u butter in Tiv; Aregede in Idoma; Abarba in Hausa; Edin ebo in Bini; Ilalaja in Urhobo) it contains impressive amount of Manganese, Vitamin C and Zinc that are responsible for strengthening of bones, their growth and repair. Drink 1 glass of fresh Pineapple Juice a day for osteoporosis treatment.
12. Mushroom (Olu in Yoruba; Nama kaza in Hausa; Apanya in Idoma; Ero in Igbo) adding edible Mushrooms in your diet will enable you to maintain a healthy bone density and structure as a result of it Copper and Calcium contents which make good in osteoporosis treatment.
13. Green Mango : it is rich in VITAMIN A, B6, and C and Iron help in osteoporosis prevention that may result in fracture. Prepare Green Mango juice by peeling it flesh and boil, until it becomes soft and blend them. Add some Honey and consume osteoporosis treatment.
14. Strawberry : Manganese, potassium, Vitamin C and K in Strawberry improves bone health. Prepare tea infusion of Strawberry Leaves. Drink 200 ml two times a day.
Or: Eat 2 Strawberry fruit once a day.
Or: you may add fresh tender leaves of Strawberry in your diet osteoporosis treatment.
15. TOMATO contains Calcium, Maganesium as well Lycopene that is highly beneficial in preventing oxidative bone damage. You can eat Tomatoes in fresh or raw for better results.
16. Unripe Plantain (Ode in Urhobo; Ogede agbagba dudu in Yoruba; Ayaba in Hausa; Agbo ochi in Idoma; Oghede in Benin; Ogbadejieoke, Abereka, Ojioko in Igbo) is rich in VITAMIN B COMPLEX, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium and Calcium that are vital minerals needed for strong bones, nails, teeth and muscles. You may eat it in roasted OR boil form. If you boil it, don’t over boil it so that it will not loss it vital nutrients.
17. Water Leaf (Ebedondon in Edo; Alenyruwa in Hausa; Ipi ape in Idoma; Efo Gbure in Yoruba; Nte oka in Igbo) it is rich Calcium that will make your bone stronger and healthier. It also strengthen the spine and reduce back ache. Obtain 1 to 2 handfuls of fresh water leaves. Cut them into slices including the tender stems. Blend them into juice by adding little water. Strain it. The green liquid is what you will drink and throw away the chaff. Drink 250 ml once a day. Drink within 10 minutes of preparation.
Or: You may slightly boil the water leaf and take it in soup form for osteoporosis treatment.
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