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Osteoporosis can be avoided by taking precautions

Michelle Durkin, a naturopath, gave a talk about the prevention of osteoporosis. Durkin says that a 50 year old women has a 50% chance of having a fracture due to osteoporosis and believes the risk of osteoporosis can start from the age of 35. Risk factors include women who have small bones, hormonal or endocrine imbalances, stomach acid deficiencies, obesity, premature grey hair and early menopause. Also women who are of Caucasian or Asian descent or have had a hysterectomy face a greater risk. Symptoms of osteoporosis include chronic back pain, poor digestion, extreme fatigue or night cramps in legs and feet. Tests can determine if a person has osteoporosis. Estrogen supplements have been used until recently as its side effects include risk of blood clots, strokes and breast cancer. Also, it is only useful during the first two years of menopause. Evista is another drug with fewer side effects but it places a great strain on the liver. Genetics, diet and lifestyle are determinants of osteoporosis. Other factors which can influence osteoporosis is excessive exercise or not enough, a very high or very low protein diet, excessive phosphorus consumption (found in soft drink, junk food, dairy and meat), cigarette smoking, coffee, sugar, salt, lack of vitamins and minerals, insufficient fat in diet, stress, antacid consumption. Essentially, exercise and a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is vital.

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About: Osteoporosis can be avoided by taking precautions

Date: 25 November 2004

Source: Community Press

Author: Kate Everson


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