Why Is Osteoporosis Such A Big Deal in King Of Prussia, PA?
Osteoporosis is a disease, commonly affecting seniors, that is caused when our bones lose minerals faster than they are able to be replaced. This makes them fragile and more likely to fracture or seriously break after an accident, like a fall. In fact, 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!
Most seniors won’t even know they’re suffering until the first fracture despite the fact that after the age of 50, women have a 50 percent chance of suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture and men 50 and over have a 25 percent chance.
After the first fracture, this risk increases dramatically, making both the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis a high priority for senior care.
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Are There Any Medications?
In general, the medications used to treat osteoporosis work the same way, by blocking the effects of bone-destroying cells that increase as we age. One of these, a compound called 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.
Another class of osteoporosis medications belong to a group called bisphosphonates that behave much like the female hormone estrogen. What this means is they preserve bone mass, inhibit bone breakdown, and may even increase bone density in the spine and hips. Examples of these medications include:
How Safe Is Hormone Therapy?
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
How Important Is Diet?
One of the best ways that both you and your loved one can protect you bone health is by consistently eating a diet rich in both calcium and vitamin D but, it is important to remember that the amount of calcium that the body requires changes as we age.
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.
Natural sources calcium include:
- Cooked kale
- White beans
Vitamin D also plays a crucial role in bone health due to the way the body absorbs calcium and, for most people, the amount that they get from exposure to sunlight will be enough. There are also certain foods that contain vitamin D, such as fortified cereals or orange juice and egg yolks.
If you or your loved one are unable to get enough calcium or vitamin D through your diet alone, your doctor may suggest an additional supplement.
Exercise Exercise Exercise!
Often, doctors will suggest an exercise routine or physical therapy in addition to other osteoporosis treatments. This is due to the fact that exercise can improve bone and muscle strength, balance, and posture, thereby reducing you or your senior’s likelihood of falling and suffering from a fracture.
One way you can step up your exercise is by adding weights to resistance exercises like walking but, be sure to check with your doctor before making any changes to your routine.
Reduce Fall Risks
Finally, 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:
- Hand rails for both sides of stairways
- Non slip treads for bare-wood steps
- Well lit walkways
Comfort Keepers® Is Here To Help!
When you choose to work with a Comfort Keepers® caregiver, you’re choosing the best in home senior care. Each of our caregivers is trained in our unique approach to care called Interactive Caregiving™, meaning they will provide support for your loved one’s physical, mental, and social health in order to allow them to live safely, happily, and independently in their own home.
If you’d like to learn more about how Comfort Keepers® is committed to the best in home senior care or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation please, contact us online anytime or call us at (484) 306-3083.