16Nov

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects many of us. It gradually becomes more common as we age but can also occur in those who are younger with osteoporosis-associated conditions. But what can we do about it?

Firstly lets look at what osteoporosis is.

Osteoporosis is a condition that develops slowly over several years. It causes a weakening of bones and therefore an increased risk of fractures. Osteopenia is a decrease in bone mineral density that is not yet bad enough to be categorised as osteoporosis.

So what causes osteoporosis?

Although a loss of bone mineral density is common throughout life, one of the main factors that speeds this up is menopause. Unfortunately this means that women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.

Other common causes and disorders linked to osteoporosis are:

  • Long term use of oral corticosteroids
  • A low body mass index
  • Heavy drinking/smoking
  • Genetics
  • Celiac Disease
  • Parathyroid conditions

So how is osteoporosis diagnosed?

A DEXA scan measures bone mineral density. Your results will then be measured against those of a healthy young adult and against someone of your own age. The deviation between the two will generate what is known as a T score.

Your T score results can be assessed as follows:

  • above -1 is normal
  • between -1 and -2.5 is defined as a decreased bone mineral density compared with peak bone mass
  • below -2.5 is defined as osteoporosis

So how is osteoporosis treated?

Many factors have been found to help those with osteoporosis:

  • Exercise
  • Vitamin D supplements
  • Stopping smoking and reducing alcohol intake
  • Eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D.

To read further about exercises that benefit those with osteoporosis, please go to the pinnacle posture blog located here: https://www.pinnacle-posture.com/blog

  

2 Responses to Osteoporosis

  1. Carmel Josephine Boucher

    There is a history of Osteoporosis in my family. I’m in my late 50’s and know I have osteopenia
    certainly and possibly deteriorating into osteoporosis now that I have all menopausal symptoms. I am gluten free but am not apparently celiac although display many of symptoms. I am single mum with 14 year old and buy supplements regularly but constantly straining to maintain healthy and try to eat sensibly but struggle to find a good supplement that I can afford for osteoporosis. My doctor is not particularly helpful. I have Hashimotos which is added complication. Any suggestions? Your information is excellent very clear and helpful

    • Mike Garrett Mike Garrett

      Hi Carmel,

      Thanks for the kind words regarding my blog post and I’m sorry to hear you are stuggling with osteopenia.
      I’m afraid that, as an Osteopath, all I am allowed to do is present research on a topic – I do have further Osteoporosis research on my website.

      I am unable to give specific advice to individuals on their conditions without doing an assessment first.
      I’m sorry that I can’t help you further but I wish you the best of luck.

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