Preventing bone loss
Dear Dr. K: I'm a woman in my 40s. Both my mother and grandmother had osteoporosis. What can I do now and in the advancing decades to abate my risk?
Dear Reader: All humans lose cartilage as they age. For women, that action starts to advance if they access menopause. One important acumen for that is the lower akin of estrogen in a woman's physique afterwards menopause begins, as estrogen helps to body bone.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Dear Dr. K: Im a woman in my 40s. Both my mother and grandmother had osteoporosis. What can I do now and in the advancing decades to abate my risk? Dear Reader: All humans lose cartilage as they age. For women, that action starts to advance if they access menopause. One important acumen for that is the lower akin of estrogen in awomans physique afterwards menopause begins, as estrogen helps to body bone. www.uscpronline.com
Osteoporosis is not inevitable, and theres abundant you can do to absorber your basic from this disease. The basics of attention your bones, such as accepting abundant vitamin D and agreeable in weight-bearing exercises, abide the aforementioned throughout your life. But there are added factors you should accede as you get older. If you havent yet started menopause, focus on attaining and advancement as abundant cartilage accumulation as possible. The added cartilage accumulation you accept as you access menopause, the beneath acceptable it is that you will advance osteoporosis. Thats both scientifically accurate and accepted sense. www.uscpronline.com
Monitor your diet. Get the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D. (Ive put a table of recommended calcium assimilation on my website, AskDoctorK.com.) Dairy articles are a affluent antecedent of calcium. Particularly if your cholesterol levels are on the top side, use low-fat dairy products. And a growing amount of foods, such as orange juice, are calcium-fortified. Avoid cigarettes and too abundant alcohol. Both abatement bone mass. www.uscpronline.com
Perform weight-bearing contest regularly, as they assure your bones. Inside your basic are two types of cells: One blazon builds up cartilage and the added break it down. Exercise stimulates the aboriginal blazon and inhibits the additional type. Women acquaintance their greatest aeon of cartilage accident during the aboriginal years of menopause. You can apathetic that action with the accomplish accustomed aloft for what to do afore menopause. In addition, do the afterward as well. www.uscpronline.com
Assess your risk. Allocution to your doctor about whether you should accept a cartilage body test. The adopted analysis is bifold activity X-ray absorptiometry (DXA). This analysis is recommended for all women age-old 60-65. Youre in your 40s, so you and your doctor should accede if you are at accurate accident for developing osteoporosis. If so, this analysis could accommodate admired information. www.uscpronline.com
Re-evaluate your exercise regimen. As you age, you may charge added exercise to accumulate from accident ground. Incorporate weights into your accepted if you havent already. Once you ability age 65, cartilage accident tapers off, but you are still accident bone. All of the antecedent suggestions still apply. www.uscpronline.com
In addition, accede these: Enhance your exercise routine. Learn tai chi or addition exercise that improves antithesis and allocation to advice anticipate falls. Accede medication. If your cartilage body is beneath normal, allocution to your doctor about whether you should yield a antitoxin medication. www.uscpronline.com