By Carolyn Riester O'Connor

Evidence and recommendation to aid humans comprehend and stop osteoporosisThere are an anticipated fifty five million americans over the age of fifty who've low bone mass. This easy-to-understand consultant is helping readers check their threat and discover a useful method of the prognosis, remedy, and prevention of osteoporosis. It covers bone density assessments and a variety of healing procedures for osteoporosis-from hormone substitute remedy and acupuncture to calcium-rich meals, vitamins, and exercise-and deals tips about combating damaged hips and different universal fractures.

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If you can’t quit, at least cut down. Your bones will thank you! ) How alcohol affects your bones When the subject turns to drinking alcohol and osteoporosis, the information is somewhat confusing. Studies show that a moderate intake of alcohol is good for your bones, but that heavy alcohol use is bad for your bones. How do you know what’s “too much” and what’s “just right” when it comes to alcohol and your bones? S. Department of Health and Human Services defines “moderate” drinking as one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks a day for men.

See Chapter 5 for more on calcium intake. Equally as important to ingesting enough calcium is to make sure you’re not losing calcium from poor dietary habits. Some calcium robbers include ߜ High animal protein diet: High protein intake may increase the amount of calcium excreted in your urine. Vegetables and fruit, on the other hand, increase your potassium and magnesium intake, which builds calcium stores. Is the current lowcarb diet craze going to be bad news for women down the road? One way to prevent bone loss is to make sure to eat enough veggies in addition to high protein and also to maintain your calcium intake at 1,200 to 1,500 mg a day.

Normal bone has a network of strong plates and bands. In osteoporosis the bands become thinner and weakened, and worse yet there are tiny breaks in the plates and bands. 5 standard deviations below the average adult, even if there’s no history of fractures. ) The word “osteoporosis” actually means porous bones. If something is porous, it has holes in it. Although all bone has cavities filled with cells and blood (see Chapter 2 for more information on bone biology), in osteoporosis, the normal bony cavities enlarge.

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