Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis? Then you need to know that it is not possible to reverse osteoporosis, but you can manage it with the help of family members. A person diagnosed with osteoporosis must adopt a healthy lifestyle consisting of a balanced diet and exercise. It should also include doctor-recommended medications and supplements. The article highlights some important tips that can be beneficial for patients with osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis weakens the bones and makes them susceptible to fractures. This condition is often seen in older women. Symptoms include postural changes (bending or bending over), shortness of breath, loss of height, and lower back pain. This condition can limit your mobility and make you dependent on others. Patients’ relatives need to provide optimal care at home and help them stay mobile and lead a healthy life.
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Train daily: If your loved one is diagnosed with osteoporosis, make sure the person takes up exercise. Regular physical activity improves muscle strength and balance, maintains good posture, treats pain, and reduces the risk of fractures. Help the patient to do strength training exercises under the guidance of a fitness trainer. Consult the doctor before beginning any fitness routine. Take the person with osteoporosis for a walk. Avoid high-impact exercises that involve a lot of twisting and bending, as these can increase the risk of injury and worsen the condition. If necessary, enlist the help of a physical therapist to stretch and increase mobility.
Pay attention to the diet: Make sure the patient with osteoporosis eats plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Calcium-rich foods like dairy, spinach, kale, collards, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tofu, soybeans, salmon, tuna, and eggs. Avoid unhealthy, processed, oily and canned foods. Eating calcium-rich foods can help maintain bone density. Take calcium and vitamin D supplements after getting your doctor’s advice. One with osteoporosis must also limit smoking, alcohol, and caffeine. Smoking impairs the body’s ability to absorb calcium, leading to lower bone density and weaker bones.
sun exposure: Getting enough sunlight in the morning enables vitamin D production. Encourage your loved one with osteoporosis to sit in the sun for at least 20 minutes. This is also good for your bones and general well-being.
Fall prevention: Install handles and bars at home to prevent falls and fractures in people with osteoporosis. Do not keep rugs or rugs at home as these things can be tripped over. Also, make sure all rooms are well lit.
(Dr. Biswajeet Naidu is Orthopedic Surgeon, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Mumbai)