Reduce The Risk of Osteoporosis in Seniors in Clinton Township, MI
Osteoporosis is a common disease that affects seniors and is caused when the bones in our body lose minerals faster than they can be replaced, causing them to become brittle. This increases the likelihood that a senior will suffer a potentially 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, women have a 50 percent chance of suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture, while men 50 and over have a 25 percent chance.
After the first occurrence, this risk increases dramatically, making osteoporosis treatment and prevention a high priority in senior care. Below are a few of the leading options:
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What Role Does Diet Play?
Maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D is one of the best and easiest ways you and your loved one can prevent osteoporosis.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), seniors should get around 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day with a max of 2,500 milligrams a day.
There are a number of foods you can get calcium from but, if that isn’t providing enough, your doctor may recommend a supplement.
Natural sources calcium include:
- Dairy products
Vitamin D is essential to bone health due to the way our bodies absorb calcium. While most people will get enough vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, those who don’t can get it through their diet by eating fatty fish or fortified foods, or by taking a supplement as recommended by a doctor.
What About Medication?
Most of the medications used to treat osteoporosis work by blocking the effect of bone-destroying cells that increase as we age. One compound, called Denosumab, works by preventing the formation of these cells.
Denosumab was shown to be effective in preventing fractures in the two most at risk populations for osteoporosis, postmenopausal women and men in treatment for prostate cancer.
Other osteoporosis medications work in a way that is similar to the hormone estrogen, meaning that they inhibit bone breakdown, preserve bone mass, and may even increase bone density in the hips and spine. Examples of these medications include:
Be sure to talk to a doctor to determine if these medications are right for you or your loved one. They will be able to help you determine what benefits or side effects there may be.
Exercise Exercise Exercise!
Doctors will often recommend physical therapy and exercise in addition to medication in order to treat osteoporosis. Exercise can help strengthen bones, improve posture, balance, and muscle strength, reducing the likelihood of falls. Try combining resistance exercises like walking or swimming with weights to achieve the best results!
While it is true that we should be exercising regularly our whole lives, people of any age can benefit from an exercise routine! (Just be sure to check with your doctor before starting!)
Is Hormone Therapy An Option?
Due to the availability of other treatment options, estrogen therapy is generally not the first choice for maintaining bone density. Potential serious side effects can include the increased risk of :
- blood clots
- breast and endometrial cancer
- heart disease
Prevent Falls From Occurring!
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:
- Slippery Surfaces
- Loose items like mail, boxes, or magazines
- Non slip bath mats
Comfort Keepers®: Beyond Simple Personal Care
When you choose to work with one of our exceptional caregivers, you are choosing the best in home senior care. One of the ways we provide this is by training each of our caregivers in our unique philosophy called Interactive Caregiving™, meaning they will provide as much physical, mental, and social support your loved one needs. Our goal is, above all, to ensure that your senior can live happily and independently in their own home.