Written by Keahi Higa
As we begin to gain a
broader perspective on health, we realize that health and wellness change with
time. From children to senior citizens,
there are varying elements of health that shift our health priorities. This health hub article will review basic
information about a common chronic condition effecting millions of people,
osteoporosis. While osteoporosis is
usually associated with the elderly, there are simple, everyday actions we can
take to decrease our risk of osteoporosis.
Our bones are living tissues in our body and
change as we age. Osteoporosis means
“porous bones” and is characterized by bones losing mass, becoming brittle, and
more susceptible to fractures.
Osteoporosis is a serious condition of bones that can lead to not only
fractures, but also loss of mobility, permanent pain, and even depression. In
most cases, we are not aware of osteoporosis until a fracture occurs because we
cannot feel our bones weakening.
the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), osteoporosis is responsible for
approximately two million bone fractures a year and on average cost $19
detection of osteoporosis is difficult, there are some prevention practices
that can decrease our risk of osteoporosis and increase your health and
wellness. These practices include eating
bone healthy foods, engaging in bone strengthening activities, and preventing
Bone Healthy Foods
are sources of key vitamins and minerals that can aid in bone health. Calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins
C, D, and K all support bone health and can be found in foods like dairy
products, fish, dark leafy greens, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and many other
fruits and vegetables. For more
information on bone healthy foods you can add to your next meal, follow this link to the NOF website.
Bone Strengthening Activities
to an increased focus on nutrition, understanding how to use and strengthen our
bodies can reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
The NOF recommends that we engage in activities that focus on posture,
hip and spine strength, and balance.
These activities are adaptable for everyone and can be done with little
or no equipment, even a quick work break can turn into an activity that
strengthens your bone health. For more
information on bone strengthening activities, follow this link to the NOF website.
prevention covers a wide range of situations and surroundings and is based on
your personal habits and environments.
Falls and fractures related to osteoporosis often impact more than just
physical pain and can have lasting influence on mental and emotional health as
well. Fall prevention can be as easy as
being aware of rugs and carpets around your home to using a walking stick when
hiking. Refer to the NOF fall prevention
guidelines in this link to avoid potentially harmful situations.
osteoporosis is a serious condition that is difficult to detect, these
prevention practices can decrease our risk of osteoporosis and increase our
overall quality of life. Whether young
or young at heart it is important to be aware of how your health can change and
be ready to meet that change in a positive way.