Women at Higher Risk for Bone Loss
Maintaining good bone health is an issue that people of a younger age demographic are having to consider. Research has shown us that a combination of genetics, environment, and individual factors all play a role in the development of both osteopenia and osteoporosis. Now, researchers and doctors are attempting to identify the best methods of preventative treatment for individuals displaying early symptoms of bone loss. Osteopenia, or secondary osteoporosis, is defined as being significantly below the normal bone density range, but not low enough to qualify for a diagnosis of full blown osteoporosis.
It’s important to identify and take steps to prevent bone loss early. Osteoporosis can sometimes appear to occur suddenly due to the fact that there are not real outward symptoms that stem directly from bone density deterioration. There are several factors that contribute to a loss in bone mass, some of which may be hard to avoid. Some chronic conditions and medicines can impact the ways in which a person’s body may react to processes such as Calcium and Vitamin D absorption.
Conditions like diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease (to name a few) can often cause symptoms of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Alternately, individuals taking certain medications, ranging from antidepressants to blood thinners, should also be aware of their increased risk of developing one or both of these conditions. Bone loss is more common in women, who make up an estimated 80% of all osteoporosis cases.
There are several steps that you can take to help prevent bone loss before and even after its occurrence. Some of these steps include (but are not limited to):
- Diet and regular exercise
- Quit smoking
- Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake
- Have regular bone density screenings
- Bone-building supplements
Additionally, eating foods rich in Calcium and Vitamin D can help reduce bone loss, according to WebMD. Some foods to add to your shopping list:
- Soy milk
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