Like many of the issues that arise in later life, osteoporosis isn’t just something that can be treated, it can also be prevented. In this blog post, we’ll be walking you through some basic steps for preventing the disease in the future. 
 
What is Osteoporosis? 
 
Osteoporosis is a medical condition characterised by a decrease in bone strength as we age. Many people don’t realise they have osteoporosis until they break a bone (usually in the hip, wrist or spine), revealing how fragile their overall bone structure is. Whilst it’s estimated that almost 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis, the condition is largely undetectable until a bone break. This is why many experts have dubbed osteoporosis as ‘the silent disease’. 
 
Why Do People Get It? 
 
The main contributing factor is age. As we get older, the cells responsible for generating new bone begin to slow down. This leads to a slowing down of the processes behind our body replacing old bone with new material, resulting in a loss of bone tissue over time. As a consequence, bones become more brittle. 
 
Women are more at risk of developing osteoporosis due to hormonal changes which occur after the menopause. Because oestrogen is a hormone that directly affects bone density, the drop in oestrogen levels following the menopause can lead to a decrease in bone strength. 
 
How Can You Prevent It? 
 
Although there are many genetic factors and natural processes which put people at risk of 
osteoporosis, there are ways to prevent its development. Bone-strengthening supplements such as vitamin D and calcium are essential for bone health. It’s thought that a lifelong lack of calcium also puts people at risk of osteoporosis, so eating calcium-rich foods proportionately over your lifetime will also diminish the risks. 
 
There are also many low-impact weight-bearing exercises that build healthy bones even later in life. Simple exercises such as footstomps or hip leg lifts will strengthen your muscles and signal your body to produce new bone tissue. 
 
Conclusion 
 
Prevention is everything when it comes to osteoporosis. It is possible to stave off this condition by acknowledging the risks and taking simple steps toward preventing it. 
 
The Essex Care Group 
 
At The Essex Care Group, we provide live-in care services for individuals with various health conditions—be it age, disability or something more specific. Our trained members of staff are knowledgeable of such conditions and do all they can to comfort those afflicted by them. 
 
If you or someone you know is seeking a live-in care solution, The Essex Care Group is here to help. For more information about our services, click here to visit our website. To speak to our team, call 01206 489542 or email your enquiry to info@essexcaregroup.co.uk.  
 
 
 
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