Assessing Your Osteoporosis Risk Level

Table of contents for Osteoporosis: Risk, Prevention, and Natural Treatment

  1. Assessing Your Osteoporosis Risk Level
  2. Natural Prevention Guide for Osteoporosis
  3. Natural Osteoporosis Treatment

Osteoporosis is a fearful topic for most women, yet the best way to overcome fear is to empower yourself with clear information and then act on it. 

In this 3 – Part Post, we will cover Osteoporosis Risk, Prevention, and Treatment.  “Half of all American women over age 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis sometime in their lives [while] one in five sufferers is male. “(1)

Before covering your risk factors, again let me emphasize that you can do much to reduce or eliminate a variety of risk factors with regard to your bone density.  Let me start with a great word of encouragement from WomentoWomen.com:

When you have a lot of risk factors, or just a few strong risk factors, it’s easy to feel like you’re doomed for problems with your bone health; especially with all the frightening statistics we see in the media about bone health and fracture.  But the statistics on lifetime fracture risk project what might happen if you do nothing to improve your bone health. On the other hand, when you take advantage of the many opportunities to support your bones, you will reduce your odds of a fracture.

Since the more risk factors you have, the greater the likelihood of a fracture, the most common sense response is to be proactive and reduce the number of your risk factors. Though men can have osteoporosis, too, in general, the people with the highest risk are Asian or Caucasian women with small body frames, a family history of the disease, and early menopause.  Of course, you cannot change genetics, but take note of all the many options you have to lower or eliminate certain risks by changes to diet or habits!

This list of Osteoporosis Risk Factors is condensed from the Women’s Health Channel website.

1. If you are over 65, the possibility of osteoporosis making the hip, wrist, and vertebrae more vulnerable to fracture increases. In severe cases, it affects the teeth and jawbones.

2. A severe decrease in estrogen levels, such as during and after menopause.

3. A lack of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D in the diet. Calcium and phosphorus are necessary for the formation of certain bone minerals.  Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus.

4. An inactive lifestyle.  Regular exercise increases bone mass.

5. Cigarette smoking due to it decreasing estrogen levels.

6. Excessive alcohol intake.

7. High caffeine intake due to it increasing the body’s elimination of calcium through the urine.

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8. Prolonged use of certain prescription drugs can induce osteoporosis, such as:   anti-seizure medications, glucocorticoids (Prednisone), gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) analogs, heparin, thyroid hormones

9. Excessive amounts of antacids such as Maalox and Mylanta increase osteoporosis risk in some people.(2)

Though some of the Osteoporosis Risk Factors obviously apply to either men or women, I want to include this list adapted from one by Dr. Ray Sahelian which specifies the risk factors for men.

1. Previous fractures due to a lack of bone density

2. Maternal history of fractures

3. Testosterone deficiency

4. Low body mass index

5. Smoking

6. Excessive alcohol intake

7. Low calcium intake

8. Corticosteroid therapy

9. An inactive lifestyle

10. Physical conditions such as: hyperthyroidism, hypercalciuria, hyperparathyroidism,  or chronic inflammatory diseases.(3)

This third list of Osteoporosis Risk Factors is by Medicine Net.  As it included several risk factors already mentioned, I  am only listing the ones that are different.

1. Fracture as an adult.

2. Poor nutrition.

3. Malabsorption (nutrients not properly being absorbed in intestines.

4. Low estrogen levels due to early surgical removal of both ovaries.

5. Chemotherapy due to its toxic effects on the ovaries.

6. Amenorrhea (loss of the menstrual period in young women). It can occur in women who undertake extreme athletic training or those with very low body fat.

7. Chronic inflammation from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and chronic liver diseases.

8. Immobility due to a stroke or from any condition that prevents walking.

9. Hyperthyroidism (produces excessive thyroid hormone))

10. Hyperparathyroidism (the production of too much parathyroid hormone removes calcium from the bone).(4)

1. New Choices in Healing Osteoporosis Mother Nature.com
2.
Osteoporosis Risk Factors WomensHealthChannel.com
3.
Osteoporosis by Dr. Ray Sahelian
4.
Osteoporosis MedicineNet.com

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