Osteoporosis is a serious condition that affects over 2 million Canadians every year. One in three women and one in five men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime, often with profound life-altering consequences. There is no cure for bone density loss and osteoporosis can be difficult to identify prior to the onset of noticeable symptoms, meaning that preventive measures are the most reliable method of treatment. Learn more about bone density loss in adults, as well as some of the most effective methods of preventative protection below.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the living tissue that comprises our skeletal system. The body constantly breaks down old bone matter and reforms it as we grow. Once an adult reaches their early to mid-30’s and peak bone mass is achieved, the bone remodelling process changes, with new bone developing at a slower rate. Osteoporosis occurs when the body is unable to replace bone tissue quickly enough to offset what is being broken down.
Osteoporosis can take time to manifest symptoms, and is most likely to affect older individuals, leading to the increased risk of fractures amongst seniors (8.9 million fractures occur every year, which amounts to one every three seconds). This is particularly concerning, as a hip fracture greatly increases the odds of reoccurrence, or even mortality within a year of the initial break.
Who is At Risk?
While there is no definitive “cause” or precursor to identifying an individuals specific risk for developing the disease, certain qualifiers may affect your likelihood to be affected. Below are a few traits to be aware of:
- Though Osteoporosis is found men and women, females, particularly with a caucasian or asian background seem to be the highest demographic affected, especially in the post-menopausal stage.
- Age plays a factor, with your likelihood to develop osteoporosis growing each year after age 65.
- Those with a family history of bone density loss may be at higher risk.
- Thyroid disorders such as overactive thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal issues have a higher incidence rate.
- Individuals with dietary factors including low calcium intake, vitamin D deficits, excessive alcohol consumption and smokers may be more likely to develop osteoporosis.
Symptoms and Getting Tested
As mentioned above, early signs of osteoporosis are hard to detect without undergoing a bone density scan. Moderate symptoms are more likely to be diagnosed, and may include:
– Fractures resulting from minor impact and other activities that do not usually cause breaks.
- Loss of height over time (.5” over a year or 1.5” overall from your original height)
- Hunching or stooped posture
- X-rays showing bone loss or fractures in your spine.
If you are 65 or older, or between 55-64 with any of the risk factors outlined above, undergoing a Bone Mineral Density test is the best way to identify early signs of osteoporosis and aid in preventing further bone loss.
Prevention is Key
Since there is no cure for osteoporosis, prevention is your best ally when it comes to fending off or minimizing the disease. Preventive measures include:
- Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle
- Minimizing your exposure to harmful substances including tobacco and alcohol
- Taking supplements to aid in your absorption of vitamin D and K, as well as calcium.*
*Always consult your physician prior to beginning any form of treatment
How Can EffectiCal® Help?
EffectiCal® is a patented and clinically proven, new generation calcium and multi-elements along with vitamin D supplement designed to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis. The specially designed formula contains highly soluble and absorbable forms of calcium, magnesium and zinc that helps to maintain a positive balance of these elements in the body.
EffectiCal® is the only product in the market that can be taken with or without food. Compared to other well-known products, EffectiCal® had fewer side effects, including:
- Less pain, gas and bloating
- Less strain and improved bowel emptying
- Less constipation
- Less decrease in appetite
If you are experiencing symptoms that may be linked to a loss of bone density, speak with your doctor or physician as soon as possible to discover what course of treatment works best for you!
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