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  • Osteoporosis

    Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by the progressive loss of bone density and strength, which makes bones more susceptible to fractures. It often develops slowly over time and is often referred to as a "silent disease" because it doesn't typically cause noticeable symptoms until a fracture occurs.

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    <p><a href="">&nbsp;Family Physician </a>discusses Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Options</p>

     Family Physician discusses Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Options

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    <p><a href="">Registered Dietician&nbsp; RD</a>, discusses Osteoporosis and Your Diet.</p>

    Registered Dietician  RD, discusses Osteoporosis and Your Diet.

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    <p><a href="">Registered Dietician&nbsp; RD</a>, CDE, discusses Good Nutrition for Osteoporosis.</p>

    Registered Dietician  RD, CDE, discusses Good Nutrition for Osteoporosis.

  • Osteoporosis Diagnosis and Treatment Options

    Osteoporosis is indeed associated with an increased risk of fractures, and it is important to assess one's fracture risk in order to determine appropriate management strategies. The information you provided from Osteoporosis Canada regarding fracture risk categories is generally accurate and can serve as a guideline for understanding the level of risk.

    Low-risk individuals, with a fracture risk of under 10% in the next 10 years, have a relatively lower likelihood of experiencing fractures. Moderate-risk individuals, with a fracture risk between 10% and 20%, have a moderate chance of fractures occurring. High-risk individuals, with a fracture risk over 20%, have a significantly higher likelihood of experiencing fractures.

    Fractures caused by osteoporosis can have serious consequences, leading to disability and even mortality. For example, a hip fracture in women can be associated with a 23% chance of dying within a couple of years. Fractures can result in reduced independence, increased dependence on others, and a higher likelihood of requiring long-term care in a nursing home.

    It's important to note that fractures also increase the risk of subsequent fractures. If an individual has experienced one fracture, such as a vertebral fracture, their risk of having another vertebral fracture increases by approximately 40%. Therefore, preventing the first fracture is crucial for maintaining strength, mobility, and overall health.

    To assess one's risk for osteoporosis and fractures, it is recommended to consult with a family doctor or primary care practitioner. They can evaluate personal risk factors, review information on osteoporosis, and perform necessary assessments, such as bone mineral density testing, to determine the appropriate management approach.

    Medication may be prescribed to reduce the risk of fractures in individuals with significant osteoporosis or high fracture risk. Pharmacists play a valuable role in ensuring that the prescribed medication is suitable for the individual and can provide guidance on proper use and potential side effects.

    Ultimately, the goal is to identify individuals at risk, intervene early to prevent fractures, and enable them to live long, active lives without disability. Regular assessments, appropriate lifestyle modifications, and targeted treatments can help reduce the impact of osteoporosis and improve overall quality of life.

  • Good Nutrition for Osteoporosis

    Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining good bone health, especially for individuals at risk for osteoporosis. Calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D are three important micronutrients that support bone health.

    Calcium is essential for building and maintaining strong bones. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese are rich sources of calcium. However, if you're lactose intolerant or don't consume dairy, you can still obtain calcium from alternative sources such as fortified plant-based milk (soy, almond, etc.), tofu, leafy green vegetables (like broccoli and kale), and canned fish with edible bones (such as sardines and salmon).

    Magnesium also contributes to bone health by aiding in the absorption and metabolism of calcium. Dairy products, nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are good sources of magnesium.

    Vitamin D is crucial for the absorption of calcium in the body. It helps regulate calcium levels and supports bone mineralization. Our bodies can synthesize vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, but it can also be obtained through dietary sources such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), fortified dairy products, fortified cereals, and egg yolks. However, it can be challenging to obtain adequate vitamin D through diet alone, especially for individuals with limited sun exposure. Therefore, vitamin D supplementation is often recommended. The recommended daily intake for vitamin D is at least 1,000 International Units (IU) to maintain healthy bones.

    If you have specific concerns about your bone health or would like personalized nutrition advice, it's a good idea to consult a registered dietitian or your Family Physician. They can provide you with tailored recommendations based on your individual needs and help you create a balanced diet plan that supports your bone health.

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