Osteoporosis is called the silent disease because you cannot feel your bones becoming weaker. It begins early in life and progresses slowly over time with no symptoms until you experience a fracture or break. It is a metabolic bone disease that results in deterioration of bone tissue which is referred to as low bone density or low bone mass. One of the first outward signs of osteoporosis is a loss of inches in height. It also can be seen outwardly in a rounding of the spine in the upper back called kyphosis.
Those at risk for osteoporosis are older Caucasian, Japanese and Chinese women, women who weigh less than 127 pounds, smokers and alcoholics. Moreover, certain medications and diseases can increase your risk of osteoporosis: women who take tamoxifen for breast cancer; people who take glucocorticoids (also called steroids or corticosteroids); people on anti-seizure medications; people who take excessive thyroid medication; and people who suffer from celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, lupus and diseases of the lungs, kidney and liver.
Do you fit into any of the aforementioned categories?
Diet and exercise are important factors to preventing osteoporosis as well as stopping it from progressing. Weight bearing exercise is essential to prevent osteoporosis and also to maintain bone tissue once osteoporosis has been diagnosed. Exercise programs differ for those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and those who want to prevent it. As a personal trainer and registered dietitian, I will provide you with dietary guidelines and an appropriate exercise program based on whether you have osteopenia (low bone mass) or osteoporosis. I will train you and educate you to follow through with your program on your own. It’s never too late to choose health.