Osteoporosis

DoctorBy age 65, about half of the women in the United States will have either osteopenia or osteoporosis. Today, the increasing aging population in the United States has brought the issue of bone loss into greater focus. As we grow older, the loss of bone density is a natural aging occurrence. The issue becomes a problem only when a person loses too much bone density or has an accelerated bone loss that can potentially increase the odds of fractures and shorten one’s life span. It is important to understand the risk factors and the healthy measures you can take to enhance bone health throughout your life.
In the United States, 10 million people already have osteoporosis and 80% of them are women. Millions more have low bone mass, or osteopenia, which places them at an increased risk of having osteoporosis.

Osteopenia is a term describing a person’s bone density as somewhat lower than normal. By definition, approximately one out of six of young white women have osteopenia. Most of these young adults have no symptoms and appear normal in their lives.
By age 80, almost all women in the world have had some bone loss and their bone density will show either osteopenia or osteoporosis. It is important to remember that the risk of getting a fracture (broken bone) is more important than the measurement of bone density. The following list points out the potential risk groups for osteoporosis:

• Petite build
• Scoliosis history
• Family scoliosis history
• Family history of osteoporosis
• Frequent or long term use of Lupron
• Frequent or long term use of corticosteroids and heparin
• Hyperparathyroidism
• Diabetes
• Sedentary lifestyle
• Endocrine disorders – Cushing’s syndrome

In general Acupuncture can play an important role. Acupuncture promotes healthy blood flow and strengthening immune support, which are vital in keeping an individual strong, and ensuring that they can move around and keep active. The emphasis of eating fresh and regular meals also contributes to good absorption of nutrients such as calcium, zinc, vitamins D and K and others that are vital to the maintenance of good bone health. It is best to get your daily amounts of calcium and other nutrients from food whenever possible. A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables – especially leafy green ones – grains, protein and low-fat dairy products are vital. Incorporating flexibility and strengthening exercises are also important in maintaining bone health. Again, a healthy lifestyle rich with activities, good nutrition, regular exercises and good attitude all contribute to better bone health at any age.
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