Managing Your Osteoporosis
Find out how to live with and treat your osteoporosis while still enjoying everything that life has to offer.
If our Doctor has recently told you that you have osteoporosis, you may certainly have a lot of questions for us. What is osteoporosis? How did it develop? How can I prevent my condition from getting worse? We are here to answer all of your questions and to help you manage your osteoporosis symptoms for the long term.
What is osteoporosis?
This bone disorder causes the bones to become porous or brittle. As the bones lose density they become weaker and are more prone to breaking. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, this condition is fairly common, affecting as many as 54 million American adults.
This condition is serious, particularly for older individuals. Besides affecting the health and strength of your bones it can also lead to chronic pain. Osteoporosis can also affect the health of your spine, which can cause the sufferer to hunch over. It can also affect mobility, which can greatly impact a person’s quality of life.
What are my osteoporosis treatment options in Camden County, NJ
While there is no cure there are so many ways to manage your symptoms to ensure that osteoporosis doesn’t take over your life. Your gynecologist may recommend these simple lifestyle changes:
- Include more calcium and vitamin D in your diet (or we will prescribe you supplements)
- Stay away from foods like sodas, red meat and anything that contains phosphorus, which can lead to further bone loss
- Cut back on alcohol and caffeine because they affect how your body absorbs calcium
- Exercise regularly for about 30 minutes to 45 minutes three times a week. Consider an array of workouts, from swimming to weightlifting to yoga or running.
- Quit smoking
You may also be prescribed medications to help treat your osteoporosis. The goal of these medications is to prevent the bones from losing density. Common medications include Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel. There are a lot of medications from which to choose (and some newer ones on the market) so we will sit down and discuss with you to figure out which one might work best for your needs.
Hormone replacement therapy may also be recommended, as both estrogen and progestin can protect bones from fracturing. HRT may be a good course of action if a woman is at a high risk of developing osteoporosis.
Whether you have questions about osteoporosis or your treatment options turn to your Camden County Doctor for the care you need. Living with osteoporosis doesn’t have to be a challenge. We can help make it easier for you!