Osteoporosis can strike men, women and even children. It is aging women that are particularly at risk as they pass through menopause and hormone levels drop. Bone health is important throughout a woman's life, and there are things she can do to prevent osteoporosis and promote osteoporosis reversal.
Know the risk factors
Your family genetics and childhood bone health both play a role in the health of your bones when you reach age 65. Other controllable factors, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, include the following
While complete reversal isn't possible when osteoporosis is diagnosed, there are ways to slow down the progression of the disease.
Myths abound about supplements and the effects on osteoporosis. One myth is that taking extra calcium supplements prevents the disease. Studies show that consuming more calcium than your body needs does not offer any extra benefits. Another myth is that people do not need vitamin D supplements. The truth is that if your body isn't getting enough of this vitamin through food or sun exposure, taking a supplement does help. Remember, in order for calcium to be absorbed into your bones, it needs a sufficient amount (800 to 1,000 International Units daily over age 50) of vitamin D.
No one wants to think about falling and breaking a bone. You can remain healthy and active in your later years if you follow these strategies for osteoporosis reversal and prevention.