In honour of Osteoporosis Awareness Month, we thought the top ten list of things you may not have known about osteoporosis was in order.
So here it is!
1. Osteoporosis is a deconditioning of the skeletal system.
What can be deconditioned can be reconditioned if given the appropriate environment. Exercise, nutrition, supplementation, and medication are the four pillars of osteoporosis management. All 4 require assessment and fine-tuning to maximise bone building opportunities.
2. Lesser known early symptoms of osteoporosis can include receding gums, weakened grip strength and back pain.
3. Hearing loss and osteoporosis are linked, theorising that demineralisation of the three middle ear bones may contribute to hearing impairment.
Have you had your hearing checked recently?
4. Losing height is a potential sign of osteoporosis.
Were you shorter at your last medical check-up? If you lose more than 1.5 centimetres in a year or if you’ve lost more than 3.8 cm altogether, consider being checked for osteoporosis.
Other signs include having a stooped posture and back pain (that might be due to fractured or collapsed vertebrae) and having a bone break more easily than expected.
5. Your wrinkle cream could be hurting your bones!
Research shows too much vitamin A can put you at higher risk for bone loss and fracture. Vitamin A is present in retinol, which is often prescribed to treat skin conditions ranging from acne to age spots and wrinkles.
If you also take supplements with vitamin A, you could wind up having too much in your system, preventing vitamin D from reaching your bones.
Talk to your doctor to make sure you’re balancing your intake of vitamin A between medications, supplements, and fortified foods.
6. You can help children now reduce their risk of osteoporosis as adults. Osteoporosis: “a paediatric disease with geriatric consequences”.
Your body adds most of the bone you will have for your entire life during childhood. By age 20, most of us already have up to 90% of our bones; by about 30, we are at peak bone mass. After this, we start losing a little bit each year.
35% of adult bone mass is achieved during the pubertal growth spurt. Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can be the best defence against developing osteoporosis later in life.
Research shows if kids increase peak bone mass by 10%, they’ll cut their risk of osteoporosis fractures in adulthood by 50%. Parents can get children off on the right foot with nutritious meals and a physically active lifestyle.
7. Unusual, lesser-known causes of osteoporosis include;
· Bariatric surgery
· Anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia
· Pregnancy and lactation
· Transgender adolescents and adults
8. There are medications that directly impact your bone density but may not be common knowledge. It’s always recommended to speak with your preferred healthcare provider and ask about the side effects of any medication, including bone density loss and make an informed decision.
9. You’ve probably thought about your calcium and vitamin D3 intake, but have you thought about these micronutrients to support your bone health?
· Vitamin K2
· Vitamin C
10. There are many ways to help boost your bone density and wind back the clock on bone density loss; these include weight-bearing exercise, increasing bone-loving foods in your diet, medications, and OsteoStrong!