Osteoporosis symptoms

Jornada Medica de Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become porous, brittle and weak, making them susceptible to fractures.  It arises because of a loss of bone mineral, leading to loss of bone mass or density.

Osteoporosis is referred to as the silent thief because bone loss can occur slowly for many years without symptoms until a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes a bone  fracture. It most commonly affects bones in the hip, spine, or wrist. Once the bones have become weakened, osteoporosis may cause back pain, collapsed vertebrae, loss of height, and spinal deformities.

There are usually a few contributing factors.  One of the main causes of osteoporosis is deficiency of certain nutrients in the diet.  Osteoporosis has
several related causes, but too little calcium in the diet plays a big part in causing it. Increasing our intake of these nutrient may help in osteoporosis treatments or in slowing it down.

Calcium supplement tips

To maximize absorption, take no more than 500 mg of elemental calcium at one time and take with meals. Separate calcium-rich foods and supplements by two hours from iron supplements (calcium reduces iron absorption). Avoid drinking tea with meals, as the tannins in tea reduce calcium absorption.

A good quality bone protection supplement may also help to address the nutritional causes of osteoporosis.

Effective osteoporosis support

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