Osteoporosis is a common condition among female patients who are going through or approaching menopause, and it can be a serious health concern if it is allowed to progress to severe stages. However, by working with your doctor and understanding how osteoporosis develops, you can help stop the progression of the condition or even prevent it altogether. Here are some tips to get you on the right track to osteoporosis prevention.
- Include more calcium in your diet: Bone is living tissue that is always regenerating, and it rebuilds itself using the raw material of minerals consumed in the food you eat. The most important of these minerals is calcium, which is primarily consumed through dairy products. As the body gets older and responds to hormonal changes, calcium absorption becomes less productive, so more of it may need to be consumed to nourish bones. Low-fat dairy products, such as milk and yogurt, are the best sources of calcium, though supplements can be taken as well.
- Get moving to build muscle mass: Exercise is beneficial for osteoporosis prevention because it helps strengthen the muscles that support your bones. You can find workout courses to guide you in the right types of exercise for bone health so that you are able to remain active and flexible.
- Ask your doctor about bone density testing: Knowing the status of your bone health is essential for establishing a personalized prevention or treatment plan. DEXA scanning is a tool that your physician can use to test your bone density so that you and your doctor can work together to address your bone health needs.
To stay on op of your bone health with the help of physicians who understand your unique needs when you might be going through menopause, contact WomanCare at (847) 221-4700 or on our website. We offer the imaging, medicinal, and holistic care needed to keep osteoporosis from impacting your life. We also provide gynecological, prenatal, and bladder control care.