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What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease characterised by decreasing bone density which typically affects post-menopausal women.
A large number of people suffer from osteoporosis. 10 million Americans already have the silent but debilitating disease; another 34 million are at risk (as at 2007).
Postmenopausal women are particularly susceptible to fractures due to osteoporotic bone loss -- and up to 20 percent of that loss can occur within just five to seven years after menopause.
Include lots of dark green leafy vegetables in the diet. It is hard to go wrong with collards lightly sauteed in olive oil. Take a magnesium and copper supplement. The copper is particularly important. The copper plays a vital role in binding the hydroxyapatite crystals to the collagen fibrils that make up bone. The loss of these crystals IS the cause of loss of bone density. Make sure you have an adequate intake of essential fatty acids. It is hard to find a better supplement than Hemp oil, at least a tablespoon a day. Calcium is essential but calcium needs Vitamin D and an acidic environment to be absorbed. You can eat calcium from organic dairy sources, hard cheeses, dark green vegetables, salmon and sardines. Vitamin D is produced by the body but requires sunlight. If you seldom see the sun, consider a supplement.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Acidity impedes calcium uptake, so make sure that the body is not acidotic. The body functions best if it is slightly alkaline. Refined foods, red meats, dairy etc. produce acidity in the body. Fruits, Veg, Nuts, seeds etc produce alkalinity. If the body is too acid it will try to redress the situation and take calcium from the bones. Taking Apple Cider Vinegar is a good way to start, or drinking water with fresh lemon juice in it. Sounds odd as these are acids but they produce alkalinity in the body.
As Hormonal imbalances can contribute to bone loss, eating more soy products or taking a supplement that contains soy isoflavones, the active ingredient in soybeans helps balance oestrogen levels. One should get at least 40 mg of soy isoflavones in a daily diet or by taking isoflavone supplements.
Dong quai has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to address menstrual disorders, PMS, and infertility. It does this by helping keep hormone levels in balance, very important in preventing and treating osteoporosis. It is advisable to take 250 mg of a standardized extract of dong quai daily as a tonic herb.
Do try some load bearing exercise. Bones are constantly renewing themselves. Load bearing exercise is essential to stimulate the growth phase of the renewal cycle. Lifting weights is very beneficial, or try yoga. The objective is to provide motion and resistance training.
Nude sunbathing (if possible), or just expose as much as you're able to. Why nude sunbathing? The sunlight/UV stimulates the glands to increase hormone production. Most of the bodies glands run along the mid-line of the body on the front close to the surface of the skin and DO respond to sunlight. The sunlight will also increase the release of copper reserves from the liver into the blood stream which will then aid in the attaching of hydoxyapatite crystals. Sunlight on the skin on the back produces more vitamin D (calciferol) and this also plays an important role in bone formation. The goal is not a deep tropical tan but at least 30 minutes a day of high UV exposure -- all over.
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Cause of Osteoporosis
The decrease in bone density is largely due to the decline of the aging body's hormones, repair mechanisms and the nutrient absorption abilities.
Treatment for Osteoporosis
While there are effective drug therapies available for the treatment of osteoporosis, they can be prohibitively expensive and, like many drug treatment, are not without side effects. Because of this, long-term compliance with these therapies is low. Many women prefer to modify their lifestyle and dietary practices in order to prevent fracture due to osteoporosis.
If osteoporosis is not prevented in the early stages or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until the bone tends to break. These broken bones, also known as fractures, occur typically in the hip, spine, and wrist. The fracture caused by osteoporosis can be either in the form of cracking (as in a hip fracture), or collapsing (as in a compression fracture of the vertebrae of the spine). Though thee spine, hips, and wrists are common areas of osteoporosis-related bone fractures almost any skeletal bone area is susceptible to osteoporosis-related fracture.
The consequences of osteoporosis may impair a person for life. A hip fracture may impair a person's ability to walk and may cause permanent disability or even death despite hospitalization and major surgery. The Spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity. Osteoporosis can cause a person to stoop forward and appear to have a hump on his or her spine.
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