Can Osteoporosis Be Reversed?
As we age, our bones begin to lose mass and density, making them weaker than they once were. Weaker bones leave you more susceptible to bone pain, bone loss, and fractures. While some bone loss is a normal part of ageing, if it is progressing too quickly you may have a condition called osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
Your bones are actually living tissue that is continually being broken down and replaced within your body. If your bones are not replacing themselves as quickly as they break down, you develop a condition called osteoporosis. With osteoporosis, your bones become so weak and brittle that bone fractures can occur during normal everyday activities. The most common places osteoporosis fractures occur is the whip, spine, and wrist.
Osteoporosis can happen to anyone, but it most often affects postmenopausal women, white women, and Asian women.Osteoporosis Symptoms
Most of the symptoms of osteoporosis won’t become noticeable until you have already lost a significant amount of bone density. At this point, symptoms can include:
- Loss of height
- Poor or curved posture
- Frequent bone fractures
- Fractured or collapsed vertebrae
- Back pain
Osteoporosis vs. Osteopenia
Both of these conditions cause your bones to weaken over time. Osteopenia occurs when your bone density is lower than is typical for your age. Osteoporosis is a more serious form of bone loss that severely weakens your bones and makes them more brittle than they should be.
How to Help Reverse Bone Loss
Osteoporosis is a chronic condition meaning that there is no cure and it is likely to progress as time goes on. However, there are ways to reverse some of the bone density you may have lost and maintain the bone density you have. You may even be able to increase your bone density.
- Eliminating unhealthy habits: Cut back on fatty foods, alcohol, and cigarettes. Also try to eat fewer processed foods and foods high in sodium.
- Stretching it out: Stretching improves flexibility and makes it easier for you to move around.
- Get moving: Low impact exercise like walking can improve the strength of your bones.
- Take supplements: Calcium supplements and multivitamins can boost your calcium levels and make your bones stronger.
- Eating better: Eat a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients, especially vitamin D and calcium, to boost your bone health and overall health.
- Enjoying some sunshine: The sun is a vital (and cheap!) source of vitamin D, a vitamin your body needs to maintain healthy bones and teeth. It also helps boost your immune system. Try to get a few minutes each day of direct sunlight, being careful to not overdo it so your skin is protected from damage.
- Taking osteoporosis medications: Bonviva Ibandronic Acid Tablets, Actonel Tablets, and Alendronic Acid tablets are just some of the medications your doctor may prescribe to help reverse and prevent bone density loss and maintain the bone density you already have.