Preventing Osteoporosis in Annapolis, MD
Osteoporosis is a common ailment that is characterized by weakened bones and caused when the bones in our body lose minerals faster than they can be replaced. It increases the odds of a senior suffering a debilitating injury from an accidental fall. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), low bone mass and osteoporosis affect 52 million Americans and accounts for two million fractures and $19 billion in related expenses each year.
After the age of 50 men have a 25 percent increased chance of suffering from a fracture, while women over the age of 50 have a whopping 50 percent increased chance!
After the first occurrence, this risk increases dramatically!
Due to the high physical and financial cost that osteoporosis presents to senior care, prevention and treatment are top priorities. Here are a few of the leading options:
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How Medicine Can Help
Most osteoporosis medications work by blocking the effect of bone-destroying cells that increase in number as we age. One of the medications, Denosumab, helps prevent the formation of these cells.
Denosumab was shown to be effective in preventing fractures for two of the populations most at risk of developing osteoporosis, men in treatment for prostate cancer and postmenopausal women.
Other osteoporosis drugs belong to a group of drugs called bisphosphonates that behave much like the female hormone estrogen. This means that they preserve bone mass, inhibit bone breakdown, and may even increase bone density in the spine and hips. Examples of these medications include:
Be sure to always talk to a doctor before starting any new medications, they will be able to help determine if a medication will be safe and effective for you or your loved one.
What About Hormone Therapy?
Due to the availability of alternative treatments, estrogen therapy is usually not the first choice for maintaining bone density. Potentially serious side effects of hormone therapy can include:
- blood clots
- breast and endometrial cancer
- heart disease
Diet Is Key!
One of the easiest ways to help treat or prevent osteoporosis is by maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D but, it is important to keep in mind that the amount of calcium we need changes as we age.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), seniors should get around 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day. For those who have a hard time getting enough calcium on their own, a doctor may suggest you take a supplement however, the IOM recommends limiting total calcium intake to 2,500 milligrams a day.
Natural sources calcium include:
- cooked kale
- canned salmon with the bones
Vitamin D also plays a key role in bone health due to the way our bodies absorb calcium. Most people will get enough vitamin D through exposure to sunlight but, it can also be found in egg yolks and fish. If that isn’t enough your doctor may recommend a supplement.
Get Moving And Grooving!
A lifetime of exercise is certainly ideal but, there is no denying the benefits starting a routine can have for people of any age. When combined with other osteoporosis treatments, exercise and physical therapy can help improve bone strength, muscle strength, posture, and balance, making falls less likely.
In order to achieve the best results, combine resistance exercises, such as walking or swimming, with weights!
Avoid Falling Accidents
Additionally, you can help reduce the risk of injury by taking steps to make your home, or your loved one’s, safer. Things to check for can include:
- Well lit walkways that are free of clutter
- Electric cords
- Area rugs that may slide
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