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It is a pleasure to welcome Senior Physiotherapist Shubhangi Gaikwad from the United Arab Emirates as an Influencer for health and fitness at Womenlines panel. A Dedicated PT offering 7 years of acute-chronic care experience; a history of “exemplary” ratings on performance reviews; solid credentials that include, BLS/Dry needling/Manual Therapy certifications /certified FMT and a master’s degree in physical therapy in Neurology. Background includes work with pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. In this month sharing, Shubhangi is sharing must take measures for Osteoporosis prevention –
In this article let’s find out some information about osteoporosis which is very common with advancing age especially in women after menopause.
Osteoporosis is thinning of the bones, with a reduction in bone mass, due to depletion of calcium and bone protein. During the normal process of bone remodelling,i.e. to maintain a healthy skeleton, older layers of bone are replaced with newer layers.
Bone loss occurs when this balance is altered, resulting in greater bone removal than replacement. With the onset of menopause, the rate of bone remodelling increases and magnifying the impact of the remodelling imbalance. The loss of bone tissue leads to disordered skeletal architecture and an increase in the risk of fracture.
A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined.
The common risk factor for the disease are:
- Low calcium intake
- Growing age above 50
- Low bone density
- Positive family history
- Lifestyle factor (diet, alcohol, smoking).
It is advisable to go for Bone mineral density tests if you are at menopause age or crossing above 50 years of age and/or have any risk factors. Almost 80% of bone density is determined by heredity and 20% by lifestyle.
Bone mineral density tests (BMD) shows how dense bones are and hence determine whether you have chances of developing osteoporosis.
One of the best ways to avoid osteoporosis is to choose the right form of exercise. Some form of exercises you can choose are listed below-
- Strength training
- Weight-bearing aerobic activities
- Flexibility exercises
- Stability and balance exercises
I will be coming up with few exercises for the prevention of osteoporosis in the next segment. If you have any query do write in comment box.
Shubhangi Gaikwad, [email protected],
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