Friday, October 19, 2012

Love your Bones - World Osteoporosis Day

Osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bone’ is a medical condition, in which bones become weak and thin. Such a condition increases the risk of fracture in bone. Hip and spine are the most common areas of fracture associated with osteoporosis, accounting for more than 80% of all fractures.

Osteoporosis is a global health problem which mainly occurs without any signs and symptoms. It is considered as the “silent epidemic”; therefore, some efforts are to be made to aware the people about the prevention and causes of the disease. World Osteoporosis Day is celebrated on 20 October annually. The campaign aims to educate and aware the people about the disease, so that people can take effective measures to prevent osteoporosis.

The lifetime chances of osteoporosis in men are 13% and in women it is 30-40%. A person is at higher risk of the disease if he has poor eating habits and due to lack of exercise. But if some lifestyle changes and dietary changes are made, the risk of osteoporosis can be decreased.

Effective ways to prevent osteoporosis

The risk of osteoporosis can be reduced by taking some steps to improve and maintain a good health of the bones. To strengthen the bones you should -

Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D - Consuming adequate nutrients is essential for the healthy bones. Upload your diet rich in Calcium and Vitamin D to make your bones strong and healthy. Good sources of calcium are low-fat milk, yogurt, cereals, breads, and orange juice. Ask a doctor for the supplements of vitamin D.

Exercise – It is another best way to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Exercise is very beneficial in making the bones strong. Strengthen your bones by involving in some physical activities like walking, jogging, hiking, climbing stairs, dancing, and playing tennis.
Apart from above you can also decrease the risk of osteoporosis by adopting healthy lifestyle such as
  • Quit smoking
  • Limit alcohol intake
So this year on the occasion of World Osteoporosis Day, make a strong will that you will do every effort to win the battle against osteoporosis. Eat healthy food rich in calcium and involve more in exercise to make you bones strong.


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