Every bone in the body is living tissue. The bones are always being absorbed and replaced by newer tissue. When we are younger, new bone is created faster than bone is broken down allowing bone mass to increase and for us to grow in height. Commonly, most people reach their peak bone mass in their early 20s. As we age, we lose more bone mass relative to the bone mass created.
Osteoporosis occurs when there is not enough new bone created to replace the old bone. The bone quality and density begin to decrease at a dramatic rate, and the bones become frail. Non-traumatic fractures can easily occur in weight-bearing areas like the wrist, hips, or spine. One’s risk factor for developing osteoporosis is partly determined by how much bone mass one accumulates when they were younger.
Osteoporosis is a major health concern, affecting more than 10 million people in the United States.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
Generally, there are no symptoms of osteoporosis during the early stages. Once the bones have become weakened by the disease, signs and symptoms including:
- Back pain
- Gradual loss of height
- “Stooped” or “hunched” posture
- Non-traumatic bone fracture which occurs more easily than expected
Integrative Approach to Preventing & Treating Osteoporosis
The most important time to focus on building healthy bones are during the first 3 decades of life. Having sufficient bone-building nutrients from a plant-based diet, as well as regular weight-bearing exercise and a healthy lifestyle are the best protection against and treatment for osteoporosis.
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