What Women Need to Know About Osteoporosis or Bone Density Loss?
Bones are the framework of your body (if you ever have seen a skeleton) and the living tissue that changes constantly that means the old bones are being replaced by the new bones. Being a female you are at a higher risk of developing broken bones or osteoporosis. This is not us, actually, this is what the below fact says:
- Of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about 80% are women.
- One in two women over the age of 50 years breaks a bone because of osteoporosis.
- Female’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.
In reality, most women experience a rapid bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis. This is considered one of the same diseases occurring in women along with the other riskier diseases like breast cancer, uterine and ovarian cancer.
But why the ration declares more of the loss to women? Actually, women tend to have smaller and thinner bones than men or you can say the bone density of women is low as compared to men. This is because a hormone called Estrogen that protects bones decreases quickly when women reach menopause. This results in bone loss and that’s why women increase the chance of developing osteoporosis. Many times it may be due to an underlying medical condition or a medicine that causes the problem to happen. Also, lack of physical activities or exercise is the reason for low bone density. Weight-bearing exercise is considered the best activity for women. Low body weight and hormonal factors are said to be responsible for osteoporosis too.
Wait..! Don’t worry there is a hope!
People think osteoporosis is an inevitable part of aging and there is less or no solution at all. But as the science improves, we are now known to lot more of methods to prevent, detect, and treat the disease. Good lifestyle helps you protect your bones and decrease your chance of getting osteoporosis.
In menopause, levels of ozone start falling due to which bone density becomes low. Women with low bone density are more prone to osteoporosis. Before you reach menopause, start talking to the doctor about your bones healthy. Do the tests required and take precautions accordingly.
Although there is less risk of osteoporosis before menopause. Due to the wrong lifestyle and eating habits, young girls are on attack these days. Women aged 45-50 are more likely to have the bone disease due to osteoporosis. But you can cure it while going older without any harm. Even if the young girls follow a good and healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of having a bone disease in their lifetime. Always go for a diet containing calcium and vitamin D and exercise is also important. Stay away from smoking and bad eating habits.
Osteoporosis symptoms are different for women and men but it can be fatal for both of them. Medical help is now available for the problem but if you prefer ayurvedic treatments, must give a try.
Bone Density Testing:
After the age of 45 or when have started menopause, women should seek the medical advice from the medical practitioner about the health of their bone. Even the full health checkup would be great. At the same time, men should be tested after the age of 50. Young girls are advised to get checked when bones break easily. Bone density can be studied by the medical tests like bone mineral density testing, lab tests, physical exam or your medical history. This will help to guide the decisions about treatment. It is defined in Z-score and T-score where T-scores are diagnosed in postmenopausal women and men age 50 years. Z-score compares the bone density to what is normal for someone your age.
Bone density can be affected by many other factors like pregnancy and breastfeeding but not always low bone density results in Osteoporosis. These are only responsible for some temporarily bone loss and recover after a certain period of time without causing long-term harm. Women who are pregnant or nursing need to get enough calcium, vitamin D and appropriate exercise to keep their bones healthy. Some women develop a temporary Osteoporosis in pregnancy but it is extremely rare and usually goes away shortly after a woman gives birth.
Dr. Satnam Singh is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Jalandhar (India) and he is a founder of Arogyam Allergy. He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world.