I was first diagnosed with Osteoporosis when I was only 38 years old. The diagnosis was made during a regular yearly physical. The first indications were a curvature in my spine. The doctor explained to me that the curving was caused from a breakdown in the bone, and that the curvature was a symptom of Osteoporosis. I was shocked by the diagnosis. It never occurred to me that I could get Osteoporosis at such a young age. I had always thought of it as a disease that women got after menopause.
The first thing I did after returning home from the appointment was to get on the computer and look up Osteoporosis. I had to know what I was dealing with. I found out that the disease causes brittle bones that may break easily. The information I obtained caused more anxiety than anything else. Several days passed before I was able to accept that fact that this was a disease that I would have to learn to deal with. There is no cure for Osteoporosis, but it can be managed. There were several things that I needed to do to ensure I would be better equipped to slow down the progression of the disease.
- 1. Lose weight. Being overweight places more pressure on the bones and joints.
- 2. Become active. Being active helps to ensure that that the muscles stay strong as well as helping you to feel better. Exercise produces endorphins which help to create a happy mood. Exercise in and of itself has a great deal of benefits that will keep you healthy and happy.
- 3. Eat nutritional food. Make a habit of eating healthy. I once had a doctor tell me that if something tastes good, don’t eat it. I have found through my own experience that there are a lot of healthy foods that are not only good for you, but taste great. Experiment with different recipes.
- 4. Communicate with your doctor. Regular communication will keep you informed as well as being able to deal with new issues as they arise.
I have lived with osteoporosis for seven years now. I have altered my life a small amount, but my life is still very fulfilling. If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, don’t ever give up hope. You too can live a full and happy life while living with osteoporosis.