Skeletal System Diseases and Treatments

Protect Your Bones and Reduce Risks of Osteoporosis

by Skeletal System Diseases on September 15, 2012

Osteoporosis Signs and Symptoms

Osteoporosis is a skeletal system disease usually classified as serious that affects people of all ages although more common in older people. Osteoporosis is characterized by brittle or fragile bones that can break easily or even fracture. The risks associated with developing this skeletal system disease increase with age due to bone mass naturally reducing as we get older.  Other triggers could be health conditions that weaken bones, medications and a lack of nutrients.  Luckily there are numerous things you can do to help protect yourself and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.

How To Treat Osteoporosis

Calcium

One of the most important things to keep in mind is calcium is extremely important and essential to healthy bones. Calcium forms around forty percent of the mineral mass of human bones. As we get older the amount of calcium in out bones start to slowly diminish. In order to keep bones healthy and prevent degenerative bone diseases it is important to monitor your calcium intake. Foods such as milk and dairy products are rich in calcium and will help fortify bones. Other foods such as spinach and leafy green vegetables contain calcium but usually only a small amount. If you are vegetarian than you  may enjoy soy milk or other soy based products as they are enriched with calcium. If your intake of calcium is low and your body is not absorbing nutrients properly than you may need to ask your health care professional for calcium supplements

Sunlight

People often forget that other nutrients and vitamins are necessary sometimes for your body to absorb nutrients such as calcium. Vitamin D is needed to enable the proper absorption of calcium. Vitamin D is created when we are in sunlight. While it is important to remember that extreme sunlight can cause major health problems down the line, it is also important to spend time outdoors while the sun is shining. Small amount of vitamin D are sometimes added to milk and grains such as cereal. However, a moderate amount of exposure to the sun is more than adequate to ensure sufficient vitamin D levels.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, which forms an important part in bone development and health. Proper vitamin C intake is imperative to maintain healthy bones. Vitamin C is found in a plethora of foods such as citrus fruits, broccoli, kiwi and peppers. While most people do obtain an adequate amount of vitamin C from their diet supplements may be needed for certain individuals especially smokers. Smoking depletes vitamin C levels in the body and prevents proper absorption to cells.

Exercise

Regular exercise is important for maintaining healthy bones and preventing skeletal system diseases. Exercising that put mild strain on the body such as walking or jogging can help to strengthen bones. Almost any form of exercise will help to strengthen bones by forming muscle tissue which supports and protects your bones. Waking, cycling, jogging, swimming, and even small takes like gardening will help reduce your risk of osteoporosis.

Weight

Being overweight puts an enormous unnecessary strain on your body including youth bones. Being underweight and also reduce none mass. Ideally, you should keep your weight within the limits your health care professional suggests. A healthy diet in conjunction with exercise wills ensures proper weight.

Other Factors

Smoking and excessive alcohol can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis and other skeletal system diseases as they lower bones mass.

More information can be found at Protecting and Reducing Risks of Osteoporosis.

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