Known as a silent disease, osteoporosis mainly affects women aged 55 and older, and occurs when the density of the bones is reduced leaving them in fragile condition with an increased likelihood for fracture.
Currently in the United States today, approximately 18 million individuals have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for this disease. As reported by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, a cost of $17 billion for the clinical treatment of osteoporosis has been spent as a result of direct expenditure in the US .
According to Ayurveda, this crippling disorder occurs as a result of years of carelessness and negligence towards health, particularly by women. Modern medical studies have also shown that over time diets high in salt can cause calcium loss and reduction in bone density. A calcium-rich diet, with particularly adequate amounts of phosphorus, sunshine/vitamin D, as well as regular exercises is potentially the most effective method for the overall prevention of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis can be prevented if the root imbalances and behaviors that cause it can be eliminated. By effectively building-to our peak bone mass before we enter the stage when we naturally start to lose bone density, we will still have strong, dense bones at the start of menopause, we will then still have good resistance to fractures and breaks.”
Naturally holistic approaches to osteoporosis focus on supporting a dynamic bone regenerating process focused on the particular behavioral and physiological conditions bearing weight upon a particular patient. In Ayurvedic therapeutic science, it is precisely what the physician learns, or more importantly, what the patient learns from these sessions that determine the particular bone regeneration treatment that can yield the greatest success.
To reduce the risk of osteoporosis naturally, it is essential to assess and re-balance all areas of our functioning, including nutrition, exercise, elimination, cleansing and detoxification, stress management.
- Nutritional intake is of utmost importance; make sure you are loading-up on enough of a calcium-rich diet, with adequate amounts of vitamin D to help keep your bones optimized at peak mass density. Broccoli, almonds, pineapples, pears and apples is helpful as it is rich in calcium
- Modern medical studies have expressly that exercise (weight-bearing) has shown to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. To improve agility posture and balance, try weight-bearing exercise at least 2-3 times a week. Exercises that are beneficial in the prevention of osteoporosis include: yoga, jogging or walking, and light weight training.
- Having your bone-density tested is the only way to know or predict your particular risk of fracture and diagnose osteoporosis. Tests repeated at intervals can determine your particular rate of bone loss and effectively monitor your prevention success.
- Have your doctor to measure your height annually. An early, and thus less painful diagnosis of vertebral fractures and osteoporosis can be made by the physician determined loss of one or two inches.