How to Avoid Osteoporosis
By Sara Butler
Osteoporosis is a condition that many chiropractors see far too often. It’s a condition that can be avoided if one knows where to start and when to start when it comes to prevention. The National Institutes of Health estimate that 30 million American women are at risk for developing, or already have developed, osteoporosis. Here’s what you need to know about osteoporosis and what you can do to stop it before it starts.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the mass of a person’s bones decreases, causing fragility and deterioration of bone tissue. It increases a person’s susceptibility to fractures as they grow older.
Research is starting to uncover that there is a link between calcium and bone development beginning before puberty that can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis as you age.
Prevention is Key
If you are raising children, especially girls, then you need to pay special attention to their calcium intake. That is because researchers are now beginning to understand that if girls have elevated calcium levels between the ages of 8 and 13, then it may have an impact on bone fractures and the development of osteoporosis in the future. This is because after a certain age bone mass will simply stop developing – so when you’re young, before puberty it seems, is the best time to really beef up your skeletal system.
Aside from proper nutrition and calcium intake, there are some other things you can do to help prevent or treat osteoporosis. Exercise has been found to help improve bone mass, so don’t be afraid to go and work up a sweat in order to help keep your bones healthy.
Another thing that can help keep your bones strong and healthy is chiropractic. When your joints are in alignment, then they will be less stressed and you will be less prone to skeletal injuries. If you develop osteoporosis as you age, then you may have pain associated with it, and chiropractic care can help you to control the pain experienced due to this condition.
Another advantage of chiropractic care over the course of your life is they can help you to look for signs that you may be developing osteoporosis. This can help you to be more proactive before the disease becomes too advanced.
If you’re past the age of puberty and you want to learn more about your risk of osteoporosis, then your chiropractor at The Joint is a great resource. Parents of small children who want to give them the best head start in bone development should utilize a chiropractor as a resource to offer advice about how much calcium your children need to keep their bones strong and healthy too!