Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by a decrease in bone density. Bones become weak and brittle.
A common result of osteoporosis is fractures. Osteoporosis rarely causes signs or symptoms until it’s advanced.
Signs and symptoms of osteoporosis include:
Loss of height over time
A stooped posture
Fracture of the vertebra, wrist, hip or other bone
Factors that can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis include:
gender – being female
age – the older you are, the greater the risk
menopause or amenorrhea
frame size – men and women with small body frames
medications – steroids
low calcium intake
Do I need a bone density test?
The American Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test if you are:
A woman older than age 65 or a man older than age 70, regardless of risk factors
A postmenopausal woman with at least one risk factor for osteoporosis
A man between age 50 and 70 who has at least one osteoporosis risk factor
Older than age 50 with a history of a broken bone
Take medications, such as prednisone, aromatase inhibitors or anti-seizure drugs, that are associated with osteoporosis
A postmenopausal woman who has recently stopped taking hormone therapy
A woman who experienced early menopause
Homeopathic Medicines for Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis
A number of homeopathic medicines are available to help slow bone loss and maintain bone mass. They do not have the side effects of the commonly used bisphosphonates.
Homeopathy is most effective for prevention of osteoporosis and treatment of mild osteoporosis. In advanced osteoporosis homeopathy can be added to the conventional drugs.
Three factors essential for keeping your bones healthy throughout your life are:
Regular exercise Treatments for osteoporosis, in addition to prescription osteoporosis medications, include stopping use of alcohol and cigarettes, and assuring adequate exercise, calcium, and vitamin D.
Long-term treatment with calcium supplements is not recommended because some patients develop bone spurs, kidney and gall bladder stones due to calcium deposits.