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A Different Approach to Osteoporosis Treatment & Prevention

Author C. Sanders. Published on June 18, 2011 - 11:03 pm (1373 views — 769 words)

Osteoporosis affects no less than one hundred million people from Japan, US and Europe and the numbers are still increasing; therefor, this condition should be addressed. The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has reported that for every three women affected by osteoporosis, hip fracture is a possibility that can lead to disability or death. Indeed, individuals affected by this condition are trying their best to find osteoporosis treatment to delay the condition.

Because there is a huge demand for possible osteoporosis solutions, many companies sell calcium fortified milk and bone supplements to cater to the demand. However, the question remains: how do you acquire proper osteoporosis treatment?

Basically, osteoporosis cannot be stopped once it has started; its effects can only be slowed down. The truth is: osteoporosis treatment options can only minimize the impact of the condition to the bones by delaying the progress of the disease. The good thing about knowing this fact early is that people like you can be aware of some risk factors that you must avoid to prevent osteoporosis. Thus, osteoporosis treatment is the perfect partner to prevention so intervention can be done effectively and efficiently.

Here are three main elements of osteoporosis treatment and prevention:

1. Try to pursue wellness. If people want to avoid diseases, they must choose a healthy lifestyle. Osteoporosis can be avoided by consuming a diet that includes the required daily intake for calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Lessen your intake of red meat like pork and beef; rely more on fish and chicken as a protein source. In the same manner, if people continue drinking too much alcohol and smoke heavily, they can be vulnerable to osteoporosis.

2. Medicines. There are two kinds of medications for osteoporosis treatment. The first one promotes bone strength and arrests the onset of bone loss. The other type helps in the formation of bones. The most fundamental step in approaching osteoporosis treatment would be to see a doctor first than take drugs. The doctor may require some procedures like bone mineral density test to identify the condition accurately.

3. Exercise regularly. Many recent studies about osteoporosis treatment show possible increase in bone density for older women by undertaking strength training. Simple weight lifting even twice a week can actually increase bone density.

It is much easier to prevent this condition than to try to stop the condition once it has become an issue.

The Factors behind Osteoporosis in Men

For many years, osteoporosis in men was not a big issue for many doctors because mostly women were affected by this condition. That has changed. Nowadays, the incidence of osteoporosis in men with hip fracture injuries is actually increasing. Sundeep Khosla, an endocrinologist has published a research about the progression of osteoporosis in men. It was only last year that his study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Endocrinal Metabolism.

It is a well-known fact that women develop osteoporosis, especially when menopause sets in; however, osteoporosis in men can also occur due to similar factors. Biologically, men have higher bone density than women aside from the fact that they are often subject to carrying weight most of the time. Unfortunately, there are other factors that can decrease bone density in men. Khosla's research reveals that hip fractures can also happen to men as they grow older. The main difference between the two is that bone density loss happens at a much later age for men. Basically, older men do not undergo menopause like women of the same age do, but they do have something similar happen to their hormones at a later age.

Possible Risk Factors of Osteoporosis in Men

* Hypogonadism
* Smoking
* Alcoholism
* Physical Inactivity
* Decreased Weight
* Low calcium intake
* Chronic bronchitis
* Blindness
* Low testosterone
* SSRI use

You can see that hypogonadism tops the list because this is what the study is all about. The condition hypogonadism indicates very low levels of sex hormones. If women are adversely affected by the stoppage of estrogen production during menopause, so do men. Men do not go through menopause but their testosterone levels drop as a consequence of aging. Additionally, some medications and cancer treatments can decrease testosterone levels in males. Men are also prone to prostate cancer and many has succumbed to the disease.

According to Dr. Khosla, estradiol, a basic form of estrogen plays a crucial role in abating the development of osteoporosis in men; a fact that men must realize. While scientists and researchers are bent on finding solutions, men must also carefully consider the risk factors presented. Prevention is always better than cure.