Stop at One: Make Your First Break Your Last… October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day! Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, it is dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease.
The hectic work schedule and at the same time taking care of your dear ones at home can definitely cause you to bend your back more than what you can actually tolerate. If this has become a routine of your life, make sure you are not compromising on your bone health or overall well being.
Your bones stop developing in length in your late teens, but continue to grow in density until the late 20s. Hence to get a better handle in bone health & strength throughout your life, sufficient intake of dietary calcium from a young age is necessary. As you grow older, the aging bones becomes soft and the bone density decreases putting you at increased risk of fractures and fall risks. This osteoporosis condition occurs due to calcium and vitamin D deficiency.
If you have ever had a fracture before, you need to be vigilant as there is a direct association between fractures and osteoporosis. Main lifestyle habits that can directly push you towards getting osteoporosis are sedentary lifestyle and low intake of calcium and vitamin D.
Does your 9-6 desk job mean little exercise & too much bending over your computer for you? Climbing stairs may not be a problem for you, but avoid slippery floors and wet surfaces so that you not land up in having a fall and fracturing any of your bones.
Boost your bone density by including intake of dietary calcium from a variety of food sources such as green leafy vegetables, dairy products, milk etc. It is the surest way to keep your bones strong and healthy at any age. A glass of milk is a basic necessity to keep up with the pace of your hectic work schedule and your busy life at home.
If you have painful joints or abnormal growth/curvature of any of your joints, get yourself tested for bone density with a DEXA scan after consulting with your doctor.
Note: Avoid taking non-prescription calcium supplements as excessive calcium intake can open the doors for kidney stones getting in.