In support of World Osteoporosis Day today, we urge you to take a few minutes to find out how easy it is to prevent a disease that could otherwise seriously affect your quality of life.
What is Osteoporosis?
Simply put, Osteoporosis is a medical condition whereby bones become brittle and thin, as a result of tissue loss. This tissue loss normally occurs as a result of hormonal changes, calcium or Vitamin D deficiencies. This level of fragility makes the patient more susceptible to bone fractures and breaks.
Osteoporosis is mostly preventable. Ensure you get enough weight-bearing exercise, eat healthy food with adequate intake of protein, calcium and vitamin D and avoid smoking and alcohol. Good sources of calcium include cheese, yoghurt, beans, tofu, oats, green leafy vegetables, sesame seeds and almonds. Good sources of vitamin D are milk, egg yolk, fish (particularly tuna, salmon, sardines) and sunlight. See how you can easily boost your calcium intake in 7 days.
Myths about Osteoporosis
It’s not just an “old woman’s” disease. In fact, studies have shown that your bone density can start to degrade from the age of 25. Early detection of bone loss can help to stop osteoporosis in its tracks.
How to Get Checked
The risk of not taking preventative measures and not assessing your risk early on means the disease can creep up on you. So, the next time you’re visiting your GP, ask about bone density tests or set a reminder to make an appointment on your LifeDoc personal health record. Bone densitometry is an x-ray procedure that’ll analyse your bone’s mineral density and enable your doctor to assign you a BMD score. You can capture your BMD results each time you have the test done in LifeDoc under “Health Assessments”. Tracking your BMD means you or your doctor can use it for prevention, early detection or monitoring the effects of treatment.
Get Started with LifeDoc
Remember, osteoporosis doesn’t have to be a “silent crippler”, you can take charge and start tracking your health today. If you don’t yet have a LifeDoc personal health record, register with LifeDoc at a minimal cost or stay up to date with more LifeDoc health news and tips on Facebook and Twitter.