Osteoporosis makes bones less resistant to stress and more likely to fracture. Caused by hormonal changes, calcium and vitamin D deficiencies, and a decrease in physical activity, osteoporosis is a chief cause of fractures in older adults, especially women.
One of the best ways to prevent or minimise the effects of osteoporosis is to do regular gentle weight-bearing exercise. You could incorporate activities such as walking, swimming, yoga or pilates – even time in the garden counts! The secret is to keep moving.
Other tips to help limit the effects of osteoporosis - be sure to eat or drink plenty of calcium -rich foods. These include milk, cheese, fish and shellfish, broccoli, soybeans, tofu and almonds. In addition, you need vitamin D to enhance the absorption of calcium into your bloodstream. Vitamin D is formed naturally in the body after exposure of your skin to direct sunlight, but older adults may need a supplement.
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A physical activity program, lifestyle changes, and home improvements may further reduce your risk, not to mention regular gentle chiropractic care.