Surely you have seen in magazines or on television shows about osteoporosis, and it is that this is a disease that mainly attacks older adults.
You have surely seen, in magazines or on television shows, even in movies or series, information about osteoporosis. It is a disease that mainly attacks older adults, but like everyone, without exception, we are going there, because it is better that you are informed from this moment and do everything in your power so that later this does not attack you evil.
In response to this, we take information provided by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS, for its acronym in English), based in Massachusetts, United States, and we provide it to you so that you are prevented. Of all of them, it is better to know than not to know. Remember that it is not about being alarmed, but about having the necessary tools to enjoy an optimal level of health. So without further ado, take a look at the info!
What is osteoporosis?
He says a very wise phrase that “everything to serve ends”, and that is precisely what happens with this disease. Because it is a condition that has to do directly with the natural wear and tear and weakening of the skeletal system, or bones, of every person. Over time, these tend to be much more porous, especially in those who did not take the necessary measures in their youth to avoid it. And this makes them vulnerable to breaking.
This disease usually occurs when people begin to have frequent bone fractures, usually in parts of the body such as the hips, spine, and wrists.
Who does it attack the most?
It can attack any type of person, but it is more common in older adults, since the level of porosity of the bones is usually much higher in advanced age, although also, being more fragile, women are the ones who are most exposed to this condition.
What conditions can people prone to the disease have?
The risk factors can be many, but the people who are most affected by osteoporosis are the following:
Those who do not practice any type of physical activity (since it is proven that physical exercise strengthens bones and other body systems).
Women who are short (height and weight).
Those with a family history of osteoporosis.
People who take medication for a long time, whose side effects are weakening of the bones.
Although it is not scientifically proven, it is said that white or Asian women are more exposed to contracting this condition.
What can I do to avoid suffering from this disease?
There are some basic recommendations that could help you detect this problem early and take action, including the following:
Eat correctly, with a diet rich in calcium (cheese, milk, corn tortillas, broccoli, lentils and salmon, among others).
Include vitamin D in the daily diet, present in foods such as: sardines, tuna, eggs, beef liver, mushrooms and cod liver oil.
Perform a bone densitometry once a year (from the age of 40), a study that measures the levels of health in the bones.
Practice some physical activity on a regular basis: 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week, at least. Preferably low impact, to avoid any type of fall.
Avoid smoking, since it is proven that cigarettes also promote the appearance of these types of diseases.
Osteoporosis, when suffering from it, somehow “breaks” the life of the person, so do your part, learn and conjure this evil in you and your family.