Osteoporosis- What is it?
Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease caused by the demineralization of bone tissue. Osteoporosis occurs when bone loss occurs at an accelerated rate compared to the production of new bone (Peterson, D., 2019). The bone becomes spongy and loses integral strength. Osteoporosis occurs in older men and women. The condition is more common in women, particularly after menopause. Osteopenia is an early warning sign that a woman may have a higher risk of developing Osteoporosis (Petersen, D., 2017). A Bone Mineral Density test can be conducted to evaluate a person's risk or stage of osteopenia or Osteoporosis. Nutrition, lifestyle choices, and hormonal imbalance can contribute to the risk of Osteoporosis. Protocols to reduce the risk and symptoms should be started early in life. Nutritional and herbal protocols can assist with symptoms.
Improper nutrition, lifestyle choices and habits, and hormonal imbalances contribute to the risk of Osteoporosis. Some of these causes are preventable by making simple changes to ones lifestyle.
Nutrition plays a large role in the risk factor of developing Osteoporosis. Inadequate intake of nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D over a long periods may contribute to a heightened risk of Osteoporosis. An inability to absorb nutrients such as calcium or phosphorus can increase ones’ risk. Lifestyle choices is another factor that contributes to the risk factor of developing this degenerative disease. Smoking cigarettes can lead to decrease bone density and contribute to Osteoporosis (Alters, A. & Schiff, W., 2013). Smoking cigarettes comes with many risks that often are not seen a the short-term time-frame. This lifestyle choice contributes to many diseases by depleting the body of nutrients, causing imbalances within the body, and exposing the body to toxic chemicals and constituents. Postmenopausal hormonal imbalances or genetic factors may also contribute to an increased risk of Osteoporosis (Petersen, D., 2019).
A person with Osteoporosis may experience various symptoms related to the bones. Some examples include pain in the back, trunk, and down the legs; increased bone fractures (often of the hip), reduced height or sudden pain in the back or neck (Peterson, D., 2019). Additionally, compression fractures of the vertebra may lead to a curved shape in the upper spine known as Dowager's hump (Alters, A. & Schiff, W., 2013).
Holistic protocols can reduce the risk or possibly prevent the occurrence of osteopenia and Osteoporosis. Throughout the life cycle, a person must ensure proper nutrition, exercise, and other supportive protocols to keep the body healthy. There is no exception to this during later years when metabolism and absorption of nutrients become more difficult.
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