- Aging & Longevity
Effective Bone Loss Treatment
Bones seem to be like lifeless hard structures. However, they are living tissues like the muscles. They respond to healthy diet and exercise to become stronger. They are also a storehouse of minerals that supply minerals for our body requirements, especially calcium. Old bone is constantly broken down by the body to form new bone. Each time this happens there is a net loss of bone. This will cause low bone density, weakness of the bone and eventually cause osteoporosis.
Weak and porous bones are likely to break. Osteoporosis affects millions of people in the world. Most often it will progress without showing any symptoms and break, causing fractures. Fractures are common in the spine, hip and wrist. Though this cannot be cured completely, it can be prevented by taking necessary precautions and bone loss treatment.
Bone loss can be prevented by eating a diet with high calcium content which can be found in foods like low fat dairy products, dark leafy vegetables, salmons and sardines with bones, tofu and almonds etc. Eat foods that contain high amount of Vitamin D, do regular exercise by having a good workout routine, stop smoking if you are a smoker and limit your alcohol intakes.
Some of the most effective medications for post and perimenopausal women, men with osteoporosis and men & women who take prednisone are listed below. You may however need to consult your doctor to see if these are appropriate for your use. Actonel, a bisphosphonate, reduces the activity of cells that cause bone loss. People treated with this have recorded increase in their bone density. It also reduced the risk of spinal fractures. Fosamax, a bisphosphonate, also reduces bone loss, especially for postmenopausal women. It also increases the bone density in the hip and spine as well. Fosamax also reduces the risk of spine fractures.
Both Actonel and Fosamax are taken once a week sometimes can be taken daily too. When you wake up in the morning, have it with about 6-8 ounces of water. Drinking juice or coffee can decrease its effect. Once you take the medication you must be careful not to lie down for at least an hour. After one hour you can have your usual food. This is to prevent symptoms of esophageal irritations. Most people do not have any side effects when taking one of these. But some of them may have side effects like indigestion, abdominal discomfort or heartburn. In case you have any such problems you can consult your doctor before taking one of these.