Living With Osteoporosis
As we get older, we become more prone to a range of health conditions, including bone-related ones like osteoporosis. Although suffering from these types of health conditions is no fun, there’s nothing we can do about aging and all that comes with it. So, it’s important that we get to grips with this and learn how to manage the most common conditions that occur as we get older, such as osteoporosis, for instance.
Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens the bones, making them more fragile than they should be, and because of this, more likely to fracture or break. Developing slowly over a few years, osteoporosis often isn’t diagnosed until a fall occurs or a broken bone is x-rayed. The bones can become so weak in osteoporosis sufferers that even a movement as small as a cough or sneeze can lead to a fracture of a rib or one of the bones of the spine – ouch!.
The good news is that although osteoporosis makes life more difficult, it is a condition that can be managed. So, just because you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, it doesn’t have to impact your quality of life.
Reduce your chances of falls
One of the most important things that you can do when diagnosed with osteoporosis is find ways to reduce your chances of falls. This means making your home risk-free, by removing any objects that could contribute to falls. This is important because if someone with osteoporosis has a fall, it almost always leads to a fractured or broken bone and a lot of long-term pain for them. As well as removing objects that may cause you to trip and fall, such as rugs, for instance, it’s also a good idea to add grab bars to your home.
When it comes to living with osteoporosis, research has shown that following a healthy diet is important. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, eating foods that are high in calcium and vitamin D is important, as these foods are known to be beneficial for our bones. Of course, as well as eating foods rich in these nutrients, such as full-fat milk and cheese and salmon and mackerel, taking supplements can also be beneficial.
For instance, as this AlgaeCal calcium review suggests, taking calcium supplements can be beneficial for osteoporosis sufferers, along with their doctor-prescribed medications, of course. It’s not always possible to get all the nutrients that we need through our food, which is why taking supplements can be beneficial, especially when it’s to help manage a medical condition.
Look at your treatment options
When you’re suffering from a health condition – whatever it may be – it’s always best to study your treatment options. Don’t take what your doctor’s told you at face value, do your own research. Yes, doctor-prescribed medications usually have the best results, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look into alternative therapies, just in case you come across something that helps. Take heat and ice therapy, for instance, for reducing pain; this can be just as beneficial as painkillers if used consistently.
Osteoporosis may not be a nice condition to live with, but at least there are ways that you can manage it and make life a little easier.