Byline by-Vinayak Heliwal
October 2020 marks World Osteoporosis Day. This day is meant to create awareness about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis, a debilitating condition that causes the bones to become weak and brittle.
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones of an individual. The bone loses strength and density. Weak and brittle bones due to osteoporosis are at a higher risk of fractures. The bones become so brittle that a fall or mild stress like coughing or bending over can cause a fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine.
World Osteoporosis Day 2020: Who is at a risk?
1.Family History – Someone with a family history of Osteoporosis is at a higher risk of this condition.
2.Age – As we age our bone density reduces and we have a higher chance of Osteoporosis. Therefore it is being advised to add enough Vitamin D and calcium to our diet for healthy bones.
3.Gender- Women are at a higher risk than men especially women after the age of 50. Men also suffer from this condition but chances are comparatively less.
4.Body Weight – More Body Weight or small body frame also puts us at a higher risk. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help maintain healthy body weight and control osteoporosis risk.
5.Diseases- Several health conditions like celiac disease, kidney disease, cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis can increase our risk.
Hence to prevent the body from osteoporosis we need to make major lifestyle changes that need to be introduced.
CERTAIN STEPS TO PREVENT THE RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS
1.Increase intake of calcium and protein in every meal instead of munching on snacks while working.
2.Never avoid any paid in joints or bones. Don’t put your health at risk. Take every required precaution.
3.Spend at least 15 minutes daily under sunshine for Vitamin D intake.
4.Avoid intake of aerated drinks. These drinks contain sugar in excessive amounts. Drinking them is like consuming empty calories, so there can be avoided.
5.Avoid Smoking and Alcohol in consumption. They can increase the risk of bone loss and hence we must avoid drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes under all circumstances.
6.While working on a laptop, use a table and chair. Keep your posture straight while sitting.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information.