In Germany, 5.2 million women and 1.1 million men over the age of 50 are affected by osteoporosis. Despite this high number of sick people, according to a representative survey of 1,000 Germans, only a third are familiar with the disease. Half-truths persist accordingly, such as that osteoporosis is an inevitable symptom of old age in women. The disease does not only affect women, nor exclusively older people. Raising awareness of osteoporosis is important: because only one in five people affected is treated appropriately. Even though there are many ways to prevent and treat the disease.
Detect osteoporosis early
In osteoporosis, bone substance is broken down, the bones become porous and painful bone fractures can occur. The consequences can range from restrictions in quality of life and lifestyle to permanent need for care. The first signs of osteoporosis, such as dull back pain for no apparent cause or loss of height, are often not taken seriously. They should be the reason for a visit to the doctor to clarify the personal risk of osteoporosis. This is especially true if it’s already
Has had any family history of osteoporosis. The doctor records risk factors such as age, gender, other known diseases, regular medication intake and other lifestyle habits. If the risk of osteoporosis is increased, a bone density test is one way of diagnosing the disease. The Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, or DXA for short, has proven itself for this purpose. The measurement is painless, has a low level of radiation exposure and only takes about five to ten minutes.
Calcium, vitamin D and exercise: essential for prevention and treatment
If there is an increased risk of osteoporosis, an adequate supply of calcium and vitamin D and regular exercise will help prevent the disease. Has already developed osteoporosis
diagnosed, the mentioned building blocks also form the basic therapy. The aim is to positively influence the course of the disease: Calcium builds up the bones, makes them hard and stable. Vitamin D, which is mainly formed in the skin when it is exposed to the sun, ensures that the calcium can be used by the body and built into the bones. A vitamin D or calcium deficiency promotes the development of osteoporosis or can make the disease worse.[8, 9]
Exercise is another important cornerstone of therapy. An individually tailored exercise program strengthens the bones and helps prevent bone fractures. In addition, certain exercises promote balance, which is important in preventing falls.
Get active yourself: There is valuable information here
On the website www.aktionsbündnis-osteoporose.de (http://www.xn--aktionsbndnis-osteoporose-mwc.de), the Osteoporose Action Alliance offers recipes, nutrition plans, animated preparation tips and sports videos that help to strengthen the bones and To prevent falls. Experts from the fields of nutrition, sports and medicine explain physiological relationships in an easy-to-understand way, dispel prejudices and show how therapy can be integrated well into everyday life.
Information on the osteoporosis campaign and the BONE.STARK.MACHER campaign. and on the disease osteoporosis as well as a brochure and many other downloadable materials can be found at www.aktionsbündnis-osteoporose.de (http://www.xn--aktionsbndnis-osteoporose-mwc.de/).
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