It's estimated that one in five men and one in two women over 50 suffer from the condition. That's a staggering number of people! Most just 'put up' with it, believing it's an inevitable part of the ageing process but I'm here today to tell you there's lots you can do to prevent it's onset, and even things you can do to help reverse its effects! Follow our advice below and you'll see a difference soon enough if you already suffer, and those of you that don't can prevent it's onset.
Firstly you need to have a look at the type of exercise you're doing, if any at all. Initially the advice to people is just to get more exercise. I'm going to tell you more detail; you need to get more weight bearing exercise. Weight bearing exercise will encourage your body to 'lay down' new bone cells in response to the demands of carrying the extra weight. When you exercise in the pool or with little or no added weight you won't get quite the same response. It hasn't got to be complicated but it's got to be safe, starting slowly and building up under controlled progression. If you're not sure what to do and haven't touched those weights in the gym ever then we'd suggest hiring a trainer with experience working with more mature people.
Your nutrition plays a key role too. If you're doing more exercise and your body is wanting to lay down new bone cells it's going to need all the right ingredients to make those new cells. If you don't eat the right food and drink the right drinks then it's going to struggle. The good news hear though is that eating correctly to prevent / help fix osteoporosis is exactly the same as eating to be healthy in general. Eat natural food and avoid processed. Be sure to get a mix of meat, veg, dairy, nuts, seed and plenty of water. Make sure your eat and drink things as they come in nature - I.e. Avoid their highly processed low fat alternatives. Fat is key in the development of new cells. One thing to really avoid is fizzy drinks. Their high phosphorous content will ravage your bones, literally sucking the calcium out of them and leaving them brittle, even in younger people.
The last two things are also pretty good bits of advice for everyone - drink less alcohol and stop smoking. Alcohol and cigarettes both have major impacts on your body and it's ability to function in a healthy manner. Avoiding them will help your body recover from any injuries and ailments and will help prevent the onset of any too.
So there you have it. Some simple ways to prevent the onset of osteoporosis and even reverse some of the symptoms should you already have it. It' snot even too difficult. Eat right and exercise right, just as I advise for most things.
Got any questions or want some personal help with this then get in touch. Last thing I want to hear about is more broken bones!