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Unconventional Treatments for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease which affects almost 33 percent of women over the age of 50. It literally means ‘thinning of bones’ and this means that bones become brittle and breaks easily. Osteoporosis is considered as the gravest symptom of menopause because some serious health problems accompany it such as back pain and of course, fractured bones.

There are many treatments out there for osteoporosis like Lifestyle Changes, Alternative Medicine, and Drugs and Surgery. Treatment should start with the least risky before moving to the extreme. Lately, there have been issues with the usage of the drug for osteoporosis, Fosamax that it might be associated with colon cancer but a study conducted showed that there is no relation between Fosamax and colon cancer.

To spare yourself of things like this it is never too late to try natural ways of treating osteoporosis. As you can see, the bone modelling of the body is based on two functions: osteoblasts –the one which build bone, and osteoclasts –which break down bone. The important thing here is to achieve balance between these two to be able to sustain healthy bones.

Here are some options in treating osteoporosis:

Lifestyle Changes
This is the safest way to treat osteoporosis. Few changes in your lifestyle will go a long way. Start with getting enough calcium for strong bones along with vitamin D because it helps in calcium absorption. You can do this by eating foods that are rich in calcium and vitamins like yogurt, milk, green leafy vegetables, carrots, oatmeal, and fish to name a few. Also, move your body. Do some weight bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, jumping, or anything that makes your body move because it keep bones strong.

Alternative Medicine
This is where acupuncture and herbs come from. The former, is believed to boost energy level and turn this into positive energy and affects a person’s well-being but quite expensive. On the other hand, herbal therapy is said to treat the hormonal imbalance straight from the source.

Drugs and Surgery
For severe cases of osteoporosis, there’s hormonal replacement therapy but is too risky because of the possible side effects of it, according to studies. There are drugs also such as bisphosphonates and calcitonin which slow down loss of bone mass.

Whatever maybe your choice, you can never be sure of its consequences, just for instance. News about the drug Fosamax and its compensation settlement shows that there is unforeseen serious effect of this drug.

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