10 signs of osteoporosis to watch out for

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As people age, our bodies age with us. This includes our bones, which make the shape of our bodies. Osteoporosis is a terrible condition that makes the bones brittle over time, this bone disorder is highly common with women over the age of 50. Osteoporosis can go unnoticed, and can be dangerous in old age. Learn the the warning signs of osteoporosis, and how you can reverse them the symptoms.

 

  • You can’t drink milk

Whether you’re lactose intolerant, or prefer to not drink milk, this could lead to a lack of calcium. Calcium supports, strong, and healthy bones, so if you’re not getting enough calcium your bones could suffer. If you don’t like milk, there are other options, some alternatives include, almond milk, cashew milk, or lactaid milk if you are lactose intolerant.

 

  • You’ve broken a bone in the last 2 years

Broken bones can be make a person more susceptible to osteoporosis. It can be hard to regain all the strength in your bones when you have recently had broken bones. If you are worried about how your bones are healing, consider getting a bone density DXA scan.

 

  • If you are naturally small framed

Some of the worst cases of osteoporosis can occur in women who are naturally thin or small framed. This is because thin bones, can be more brittle, or weak. To combat this, make sure you get a lot of calcium, and eat a healthy diet filled with nutrients.

 

  • If you smoke

We all know that smoking is not healthy for any part of your body, but most people wouldn’t think that smoking actually affects the bones quite a bit. Smoking can sabotage the elasticity in the bones.

 

  • You have a history in your family of osteoporosis

Like a lot of other health conditions, having a history in your family of osteoporosis can put your body at a predisposition for the condition. If you have a history in your family of osteoporosis talk to your doctor about your options for treatment.

 

  • If you are a woman over 50

The most common patients who get osteoporosis are women over the age of 50, because women have naturally weaker bone mass, and with old age this bone mass can deteriorate.

 

  • If you have had an eating disorder

Patients who battle with eating disorders can be at a higher risk for osteoporosis. This is because hormone levels in the body are affected by what a person eats. This can sometimes lower estrogen levels in the body, which in turn affects the bones mass.

 

  • Drinking alcohol

Drinking excessive alcohol can attack the cells that form into stronger bones. This is why doctors recommend limited daily alcohol consumption.

 

  • Not being active

We all know that not living an active lifestyle can damage any part of the body, but it can especially damage bones. By working out, and getting enough exercise, the bones can actually form more mass, and be less likely break.

 

  • Too much caffeine

 

Sorry coffee lovers! Drinking to much coffee can result in a higher risk of osteoporosis. Doctors recommend a limit to no more than 2 cups of coffee per day, and to counter your coffee intake with calcium.

 

If you’re worried about your risk for osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about your risk level. If you want to get an MRI to check out your bones, make an appointment with Open MRI of Pueblo.

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