Osteoporosis Prevention: Strategies for Calgary Seniors to Maintain Strong, Health Bones

Seniors in Calgary can slow the natural weakening of their bones with proper osteoporosis prevention.

Low bone mass impacts 54 million Americans according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Two million seniors suffer from fractures and often have to have professional home care due to fractures relating to bone loss.

Fractures relating to osteoporosis start to creep up when a person reaches 50, and women are at a much higher risk of an osteoporosis-related fracture than men. Women are at a 50% higher risk than men for fractures, and there’s a 50% chance that women will have a fracture due to osteoporosis if they’re over 50.

Preventing Osteoporosis

Preventing osteoporosis requires a multi-prong approach which starts with a home care plan. Genetic factors play a role in the risks of getting osteoporosis, and bone thinning starts occurring as young as in a person’s 20s.

Adolescents can follow a nutritious diet, and engage in physical activity to be able to maintain some of their bone mass.

Adults and seniors that have bone mass loss will not be able to stop bone loss completely, but steps can be followed to treat osteoporosis.

Treating Osteoporosis

Multiple treatment options are available for osteoporosis, and the severity of the disease will determine the right approach for you. Home care professionals can help you stick to treatment plans.

Options that are available for treating this condition are:

  • Medication: Drugs are available that contain the compound Denosumab which has been shown to be effective at preventing bone fractures. Other medications can help, including Fosamax, Reclast, Actonel and Evista. Your physician will be able to discuss your options with you and help you best choose a medication that works best for you.
  • Hormonal Therapy: Women may engage in estrogen therapy which also has its own risks. This therapy can help reduce the risk of bone loss, but there are also risks of heart disease, blood clots and breast cancer.

Diet is also crucial in treating osteoporosis. Increased levels of calcium and vitamin D may help encourage bone growth and strengthen bones. A dietitian will be able to help you follow a diet that promotes bone health and strength.

Preventing Falls and Engaging in Exercise

Exercise and physical therapy are also recommended. A combination of therapies works best, and physical therapy can:

  • Strengthen bones
  • Improve balance
  • Increase muscle strength

Physical therapy can reduce the risk of falls making it less likely of fractures or bones breaking. Walking is not enough. It’s also recommended that, when physically possible, a person engage in weight training.

Physical therapists will work with seniors to find the best exercise routine for you.

When combined with a proper diet and treatment, exercise and fall prevention will help lessen the impact of osteoporosis and lower the risks of fractures or broken bones.

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