I am wondering what the long term effects of osteoporosis was?? I am premenopause so docs says that I am not a candidate for medicines..what can I expect from this disease??
There is no reason you can't take calcium and vit D. Do they know what is causing yours? Sometimes medication does it. In the early stages, there probably won't be problems, but if it gets worse, fractures, particularly of the hip, femur (long bone on the thigh) and spine can occur. I'm a little confused on not taking meds because your premenopausal. Yes they are indicated in post menopausal osteo, however they are also indicated in osteoporosis caused by meds, osteo in men, and paget's disease.
Here is just a brief overview of osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a condition of fragile bone with an increased susceptibility to fracture.
Osteoporosis weakens bone and increases risk of bone's breaking.
Bone mass (bone density) decreases after 35 years of age, and bone loss occurs more rapidly in women after menopause.
Key risk factors for osteoporosis include genetics, lack of exercise, lack of calcium and vitamin D, personal history of fracture as an adult, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, history of rheumatoid arthritis, low body weight, and family history of osteoporosis.
Patients with osteoporosis have no symptoms until bone fractures occur.
The diagnosis of osteoporosis can be suggested by X-rays and confirmed by tests to measure bone density.
Treatments for osteoporosis, in addition to prescription osteoporosis medications, include stopping use of alcohol and cigarettes, and assuring adequate exercise, calcium, and vitamin D.
There is much information on the web. Stick to reliable sources to do your research but learn all you can about osteoporosis. If you smoke-quit-get help to quit if you have to. If you drink alcohol, stop, and try to eat right and exercise using light resistance and light weights to build muscle mass.
Once past our 20s bone density keeps declining.This decline speeds up after menopause. Long term, breaking a hip is more serious. People die within a couple years. Fractures of the spine gives you that hump and the spine presses on the organs. Broken wrists.
There is a calculator online to determine your risks.
Danger increases as balance is lost. Tai Chi is recommended. Core strength is good to combat fracturing. Go to the National Osteoporosis Foundation for more information. Good: taking 700-1000mg calcium a day including food and multivitamin, take D3 and a daily vitamin. There are some DVDs for exercises specifically for osteoporosis and the NOF gives guidelines about protecting your bones while exercising (no forward bending or twisting of the spine). The impact or resistance is what makes the bone grow. Swimming won't help.
Bad: smoking, carbonation, sugar, not exercising, sitting vs. standing, alcohol, caffeine, also losing a lot of weight too quickly, weighing less than 126. Some exercises.
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