Friday, November 11, 2011

Osteoporosis: An Avoidable Disease?

Line drawing of fractured hipImage via Wikipedia
Osteoporosis has become a disease that is almost synonymous with aging, being female and insufficient vitamins to keep our bones healthy.  Is this what you think about the disease?  Well, this is not entirely true.

What are the facts regarding this illness and how can we avoid it? Please consider the following information.

Facts about Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that we do not have to have.  This information is from The Sun Herald of Australia.  The disease is highly preventable.  But, it is predicted that by the year 2020, one of three hospital beds will be occupied by women with fractures.

A report by Osteoporosis Australia shows that the disease is more prevalent than high cholesterol, allergies or the common cold.  Its management costs more than diabetes or asthma related costs.
And, surprisingly, the death rate is higher in women from hip fractures is greater than the incidence of all female cancers combined.  That is some number.

How to protect yourself

The best defense against this disease is to build peak bone mass in the first three decades of life through exercise and adequate calcium intake.  The risk of suffering from osteoporosis can also be greatly reduced by discontinuing smoking, excessive alcohol or caffeine beverage.

Participating in any group of activities is another great idea to present onset.  Consuming foods high in vitamin D and calcium are essential.


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