Dhaka, Bangladesh
Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Bones are our nutrient banks of minerals; the more deposits and the fewer withdrawals that are made, the denser and stronger they are. It is normal for bones to be breaking down and rebuilding themselves, what is not normal is when minerals are taken from the bones at a rate faster then they can be rebuilt. This condition is known as Osteoporosis. Simply defined as thin or porous bones, Osteoporosis is a major cause of suffering and disability among our elderly, particularly among older women. An estimated twenty-five million North Americans have osteoporosis. The western world has the highest rate of osteoporotic fractures, and these usually occur in the wrist, thigh or hip. The reason why Osteoporosis is more prevalent here has a great deal to do with our diet and lifestyle. Nutritional deficiencies are widespread across our country because our typical processed diet is depleted of many vitamins and minerals, and/or because the massive pollution of our food, water, and air has increased our requirements for these nutrients. Whatever the reason, the result is that if we do not provide our bodies with enough minerals for its needs, it will steal them from our bones. A diet of excess protein, dairy products, sugar, soft drinks, alcohol, caffeine, and fried foods has an acidifying effect on the body causing calcium to be drawn from the bones to buffer the imbalance. And a high salt intake markedly increases urinary excretion of calcium. Other risk factors include insufficient calcium absorption, overuse of steroids or antibiotics, lack of weight-bearing exercise, too little sunlight, cigarette smoking. and drinking fluoridated water. Hormones play an important role in bone building; osteoporosis can also be caused by decreased levels of estrogen and progesterone. Early warning signs such as periodontal disease, curvature of the spine, or bone pain in the back or legs may develop, but most people have no symptoms in the beginning stages of the disease. The good news is that, Diet and Supplements Can Help Prevent Osteoporosis the condition can be halted and even ieversed using treatments such as a whole food diet, suuplernents, herbs, and natural hormone therapy Osteoporosis affects more women than it does men because women have lesĀ£ bone mass to begin with, and they begin to lose density at a younger age. For women, the most rapid rate of bone loss occurs in the first five years after menopause. Men usually don't experience significant loss until after age 70. Most at risk are small-booed, white or Asian women who consume tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, and animal protein regularly and those that have used cortico-steroid and br thyroid drugs for many years. Osteoporosis can often be prevented and sometimes reversed - it's up to you why not start today!

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