Osteoporosis, a condition in which there is an abnormal loss of tissue resulting in fragile porous bones. When a person has this condition, he/she has a high risk of bone breakage even with a sneeze or minor bumps. This affects both men and women of all races however women especially the ones who are past menopause are the ones more prone to this condition. Osteoporosis might lead to hip, or spine injury.
According to a data report, the prevalence of a low bone mass was higher among women (19.6%) than among men (4.4%). The areas where the low bone mass was detected were at the lumbar spine and femur neck. The prevalence increased from 2007-2008 through 2017-2018 among women than men. This shows that women are more prone to bone breakage or serious bone injuries and one of those reasons for this is Osteoporosis which would be the focus of today's topic.
In today's discussion, we will be dealing with:
a.the symptoms of Osteoporosis
b.risk factors of Osteoporosis
c.prevention of Osteoporosis
d.the role of Flexispot's Desk Bike V9 in aiding a person in preventing Osteoporosis
So, let us begin the discussion now.
I.The Symptoms of Osteoporosis:
This condition does not have warning signs. In most cases, people do not know that they have the condition until they experience fractures. However, changes in the body might signify that a person might be prone to such condition because of:
a.receding gums: This is because your jaw might be losing bones. Visiting the doctor to check bone loss in the jaw is recommendable.
b.loss of handgrip strength: In a study conducted, it was found out that postmenopausal women tend to lose handgrip strength as they age. They had discovered that among the respondents in this study, had the lower bone mass density of the lumbar spine, femoral neck, and total hip. It was concluded that the lower the BMD is, the higher the tendency to have Osteoporosis.
c.weak and brittle fingernails: if you noticed signs in your fingernails like they easily get chipped or there is something unusual with the color or appearance you might consider going to a doctor for screening however if you are doing outdoorsy activities such as gardening or swimming these may be the causes of your damaged nails.
In this case, the symptoms of Osteoporosis have already advanced to a severe stage because the bones deteriorated more. This is crucial because this might lead to long-term impairment.
Hence, it is important to check the following signs:
a.loss of height: This is caused by compression fractures in the spine. If you noticed people with severe Osteoporosis have stooped posture and their height seems to shrink.
b.fracture from a fall: This occurs from losing balance, tripping over, or simply from coughing or sneezing.
c.back or neck pain: This can be painful because the collapsed vertebrae can pinch the nerves that radiate out from the spinal cord.
d.stooped posture or compression fracture: The compression fracture might cause slight curving of the upper back. A stooped back is known as khyposis. This could affect breathing because Kyphosis might put pressure on the airways and limit the expansion of the lungs.
II. Risk Factors of Osteoporosis:
Osteoporosis is also like a silent killer because it's difficult to detect if one has this condition, especially during the early stage. After all, you may not simply say that you have the condition because you got brittle nails or your gum is receding. Yet, we must also consider other risk factors. The following factors are more common to women than men although both sexes might acquire the condition because of the hormonal changes that occur due to menopause. The following are:
b.going through menopause before going 45
c.having ovaries removed before 45
d.having low estrogen in women
d.having low testosterone in men
e.taking medications that decrease hormone levels
g.drinking alcohol frequently
h.not getting strength-training exercise
It is important to maintain a higher bone density to prevent Osteoporosis through the following bone-building activities:
a.taking enough calcium:
Adults should take 1,000 mg of calcium per day until they are 65 years old. When they reach the age of 65, the intake of calcium should be higher; a person must take 1,200 to 1,500 mg of calcium per day. The following food items are rich in calcium:
-legumes or beans
-canned sardines or salmon (with bones)
-fortified food such as cereal, almond milk, and bread
b.taking enough vitamin D:
Adults should take 400 IU of vitamin D every day. Sun exposure for 15 minutes can stimulate the production of Vitamin D hence a morning walk could do the trick.
c.avoiding unhealthy substances:
One must quit smoking and drinking too much alcohol because it can affect the bone mass density and cause further damage to the bones because of the toxic substances in each cigarette butt.
d.engaging in exercises:
Early prevention through weightlifting and body-strengthening activities could help a person build stronger bone mass. One could also try low-impact exercises such as walking or using elliptical machines which are important to overall exercise because these can condition the muscles and the bones.
Choosing a machine that could aid the low-impact exercise of an individual is sometimes crucial because one must find the right equipment which could cater to the needs of the person who wants to strengthen his/her bones. Hence, we're going to talk about a product that is an ideal product for adults who wish to strengthen their core and maintain healthy bones. In this part, we will discuss a product from Flexispot which is: Home office All-in-One Desk Bike/Bike Workstation V9. We will also talk about in this last part the:
III. The Role of Flexispot's Desk Bike V9 in Aiding a Person in Preventing Osteoporosis
Desk Bike V9 is a reliable product that can give superior comfort and an ergonomic solution while you strengthen your core and bones. The height and width of this desk bike can make you easily get on and off the equipment without much pain on the buttocks and hip areas. With this, you could easily gear towards a healthier lifestyle and prevent the loss of bone mass density in later years.
IV. Final Thoughts:
Now that we have an idea on how to prevent Osteoporosis, we must also keep in mind that exercise should be accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and a positive outlook to stay as fit as a fiddle even as we get older.