Exploring Osteoporosis: Do You Recognize Your Symptoms?
Did you know over 40 million people in the United States have Osteoporosis? Worldwide over 200 million people have this condition. Approximately 50% of all women over the age of 50 and 25% of all men over 50 will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bone mineral density (BMD) has become porous. The more porous the bone, the more likely you will fracture or break a bone. In extreme cases, the bone can crumble. Common areas that can be compromised and cause bone fractures include the wrist, hip, and spine.
Osteoporosis is sometimes called a silent condition because many people do not know the symptoms, which can include:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Hip Pain
- Loss of Height and Stooped Posture
- Bone Fractures or Breaks
- Loss of Strength in Hands/Fingers
- Inability or Difficulty Opening Jars
- Sensitive Teeth and Cavities
When it comes to the symptoms of Osteoporosis, usually a couple of standard questions come up:
- Why Does My Back/Neck Hurt?
- What Causes My Spine to Curve?
For many people, the spine begins to curve as you age, and you start losing height. This can then cause pain in the spine, back, and neck. But do you know why? One reason is poor posture, but what you might not know is that when a person has low bone density, the vertebrae can experience very tiny hairline fractures. These hairline fractures can be caused by lifting using the back (instead of the legs), bending over, running, or jumping up and down.
In more severe cases coughing, sneezing or a bout of the hiccups can cause these tiny fractures. Many times, there is no pain, and they go unnoticed. These tiny breaks compromise the stability of the spine; the person continues to do daily activities causing more hairline fractures.
After having several of these tiny fractures, the person starts to have a curved spine and lose height. The curvature of the spine or the backbone is called kyphosis. For some people, kyphosis causes constant pain. The curving spine causes pain, and the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the back are strained and stretched. Sometimes nerves are also pinched causing pain and sciatica.
Severe kyphosis can reduce the space for internal organs. It may also cause the stomach or abdomen to push forward and appear to stick out. As a result, it is harder for some people to breathe or eat causing more issues including digestion and respiratory concerns.
These are only a few of the reasons why it is essential to have a DEXA Scan, get your test results and keep your bones healthy and strong.
The people most susceptible to getting Osteoporosis are those who:
- Work at a desk or sit most of the day
- Eat a high protein diet
- Get little to no exercise
- Eat more than 25% of processed foods. The truth is, Osteoporosis is COMPLETELY PREVENTABLE and can be REVERSED naturally. I invite you to grab your free guide to learn more about how this is possible.
Foods that are great for building healthy bones include:
- Black Sesame Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Leafy Green Vegetables (Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard)
Walking, hatha yoga, tai chi, and weight lifting are great exercises to incorporate into your daily life and also help with managing stress that can affect bone health.
Here’s to your best health!