Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken and break easily. It’s a silent disease that doesn’t cause symptoms until you break a bone. And a bone can break when doing everyday activities, such as climbing stairs or picking up a heavy object. It’s crucial to seek care from a medical professional experienced in managing osteoporosis if you’re diagnosed with this bone disease.
Rheumatologists Nathaniel Neal, MD, and Rebekah Neal-Kraal, MD, of Valerius Medical Group & Research Center in Los Alamitos, California, can help you protect your bone health by monitoring your bones and implementing treatment strategies to slow bone deterioration.
Your bones are living tissue. Your body is constantly breaking down old bone tissue and replacing it with new bone tissue. Osteoporosis occurs when the body breaks down bone faster than it replaces it. This results in reduced bone density. As bones become thin and weak, they can break without much force.
If you slice into a bone and take a look, it will have a honeycomb appearance. In people with osteoporosis, the spaces grow larger and the outer shell becomes thinner. The result is bones that are brittle and easily breakable.
Osteoporosis can develop in anyone, but some people are more likely to develop it than others. When it comes to women and men, women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Estrogen plays a role in the renewal of bone tissue, which can help protect against osteoporosis. As estrogen declines with age, the risk of developing osteoporosis can increase.
Other risk factors can also increase the risk of developing osteoporosis, such as the following:
You don’t have to wait until something happens to check your bone health. Our team can perform a bone density check to see how strong your bones are.
It’s never too late to protect your bones. There are things you can do to strengthen your bones if you’re diagnosed with osteoporosis.
You can slow down bone loss, and in some cases, you can even reverse osteoporosis. While it’s not always possible to completely reverse osteoporosis, you can certainly strengthen your bones and reduce your risk for falls and breaks.
The goal of treating osteoporosis is to slow bone loss and rebuild bones to help prevent breaks. A combination of diet, exercise, and medication when appropriate, can help strengthen your bones.
Your provider will create an individualized treatment plan to protect your bones. Some of the diet and lifestyle strategies may include the following:
Weight bearing exercises are often very effective in strengthening bones. Your provider will recommend exercises that are safe for you to perform. Walking is a very simple weight-bearing exercise for people with osteoporosis. It usually doesn’t require any training or athleticism.
Consuming a diet rich in calcium can go a long way toward supporting your bone health. Low-fat dairy foods are often rich in calcium. And you can further boost your bone health by getting plenty of vitamin D through sun exposure, foods, supplements, or a combination of them. Your provider will discuss the right foods to eat and whether or not you may need supplements.
Doctors can prescribe medications, such as Fosamax, Prolia, or Forteo, to slow bone loss. Your provider will determine if drug therapy is appropriate for you.
You can take control and protect your bones, and we can help. Our team is here to help you manage osteoarthritis and strengthen your bones. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Valerius Medical Group & Research Center today.