Dr. Dan Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina discusses osteoporosis. In this video, Dr. Albright explains what osteoporosis is and why people with osteoporosis are more likely to sustain fractures. He also discusses what a person can to prevent osteoporosis.
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How can you prevent osteoporosis?
Fractures are one of the major complications of osteoporosis. “Osteo” is bone. “Porotic” is porous. So osteoporotic bone is a weaker bone and breaks more easily.
So what can be done to prevent it?
Weight bearing exercises at any age is good for bone. Weight-bearing means weights, running – anything that puts stress on the bones. Bone gets stronger with stress.
Don’t smoke. Smoking nicotine is bad for bone. Surgeons see so many people who smoke and their bones are lousy especially as they get older.
A good diet. Calcium and vitamin D are especially good for bone health throughout life. If you’re not getting enough in your diet taking supplements will help. Talk to your doctor about doses and the proper regiment.
Genetics. A lot of this is inherited from the family. Do other members of the family suffer from osteoporosis?
Side Note: Bone mass increases until the early 30s. Bone mass starts going down each year after that. And then particularly women when they hit menopause at about age 50, when hormone and estrogen levels go way down, bone mass also goes way down.
There are terrific drugs to deal with osteoporosis and that’s something for a conversation with you and your medical doctor. There is pretty good science to help prevent fractures and improve your osteoporosis.
People need to care about their bone strength because so many fractures can be avoided if people had good bone health.
For more information, contact Dr. Dan Albright at 919-863-6808.