Osteoporosis is a condition which involves the decalcification of bones which makes them more brittle and at greater risk of fracture. In some cases it can result in the spinal vertebra collapsing. If it persists, in time it can be associated with all kinds of other changes, including changes in posture; those who suffer becoming shorter with their head leaning forward and an exaggerated forward curvature of the spine. It can also affect their muscles and nervous system.
It is associated with a number of metabolic factors. There is a hormonal connection; women are five times more likely to suffer from it. Often, it is only diagnosed through X-rays and MRI’s, frequently because the victim of middle age or older visited the hospital as a result of receiving a fracture from a fall which would not have been so traumatic if they had not already been suffering from osteoporosis. However, it can sometimes also affect people of a younger age due to the imbalances resulting from some modern lifestyles.
As we are essentially holistic beings, the condition is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic illness. Everything relates to everything else, there are a number of other factors that increase the risk of developing the condition:
- Inherited tendencies
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Medication: in particular corticosteroids and anticonvulsants
- Smoking cigarettes
- Caffeine and alcohol.
The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) estimates that there are around 3 million people who are affected by it in the UK.
There are a number of factors relating to the calcium metabolism and the building of strong bones. There is a need to have a healthy diet, rich in minerals, vitamins, essential amino acids and essential fatty acids together with the help of a good population of the right gut bacteria to support a healthy digestive system.
Prevention by living a healthy life style is by far the best approach. Happily, within reason, it is not completely irreversible. Factors that are important to good health include avoiding sugar and starchy foods, as well as getting regular exercise, particularly those which put a load onto the bones which results in them thickening if they have all the necessary ingredients to respond; in particular, vitamin D and Magnesium.
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