Osteoporosis is a chronic health condition that gradually worsens as a person ages. As a person grows older, their bones begin to lose calcium. This causes the bone to decrease in both mass and density, making it much easier for them to fracture if a person is hit or if they fall. As the bones in the body begin to disintegrate, they become weaker and weaker over time. When the bones of the spine are affected, chronic pain can begin to affect a person's quality of life. As the spine continues to disintegrate, other internal organs may also be affected. The lack of calcium in the body can cause the condition to continually worsen at a faster pace.
Osteoporosis is caused by a deficiency of calcium in the body, and the lack of calcium in the body can cause the condition to continually worsen at a faster pace. Smoking and alcohol consumption both interfere with calcium absorption. Other factors, such as stress, diabetes, menopause, lack of exercise, and even overuse of laxatives, have been associated with osteoporosis. Women who smoke are at a significantly higher risk of having osteoporosis than any other demographic because long-term smoking causes a decrease in the body's estrogen levels.
Spinal osteoporosis is hard to spot in its early stages. In advanced stages, people complain of chronic pain, loss of mobility, and shorter or humped-over stature.
Individuals who are prone to osteoporosis through genetics may have a more difficult time preventing the condition. Even though it may be difficult to prevent, its progression can be dramatically slowed. Weight-bearing exercise is the best way to slow the progression. Including calcium-rich foods in the diet will help to prevent the loss of calcium from the bones. It is also important to supplement a person's calcium intake to ensure they are getting what the body needs. A calcium/magnesium supplement is essential if the patient wants the body to able to utilize the calcium it receives. A 2:1 ratio (example: 100 mg calcium/50mg magnesium) is needed for the body to be able to assimilate it into the body.
A calcium supplement of some form may be needed if the person is not getting enough calcium and magnesium in their diet. Calcium/magnesium supplements come in many forms, including a liquid that can easily be included in a food like oatmeal or cereal. A calcium supplement may also be needed if a person is recovering from an injury such as a broken bone or fracture.
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