Osteoporosis or brittle bones, occurs when more calcium is mobilized from the bones than is subsequently laid down and the bones start to become porous (weak). This slow but steady process generally starts at the age of about 50, particularly in women, and often goes unnoticed until a sudden break in a bone occurs. There are no specific symptoms of this bone disease. It is a serious condition that can result in the increased risk of bone fractures. Osteoporotic fractures occur in situations where healthy people would not normally break a bone.
According to International Osteoporosis Foundation, it is estimated that Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds. According to statics Osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan.
Diet and lifestyle:
Evidence shows that smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis as does excessive coffee, soft drinks and alcohol.
Physical exercise can prevent bone loss but it must be ‘load bearing’ (walking, tennis etc) so the bones are flexed which encourages calcium to be laid down.
Vegetarians have lower incidence of Osteoporosis, perhaps because the diet is lower in protein, since high protein diets can cause calcium excretion.
Taking enough Calcium and Vitamin D:
Calcium is a main component of bones, it buld our bones and keep them healthy. About 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. Each day, you lose calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine and feces. Our bodies cannot produce calcium. That’s why it’s important to try to get enough calcium through the foods we eat. When we don’t get enough calcium for our body’s needs, calcium is taken from our bones.
Vitamin D plays an important role in protecting your bones. Your body requires vitamin D to absorb calcium.
How Much Calcium do You Need?
Women*: Under age 50 needs 1,000 mg daily, age 50 or older needs 1,200 mg daily.
Men*: Under age 71 needs 1,000 mg daily, age 72 or old needs 1,200 mg daily.
How much Vitamin D do we need?
Women and Men*: Under age 50 needs 400-800 IU daily. Age 50 and older needs 800-1,000 IU daily
Other useful supplements:
- Magnesium 500mg daily.
- A multivitamin and mineral (e.g. Zinc & Copper).
- Soya Isoflavones 100mg extract daily.
- Vitamin C – 1 to 3 grams daily – encourages healthy bone ‘matrix production’
What a Homeopathy can do for you:
Homeopathy is a safe and gentle way to tackle osteoporosis. It works both to correct & prevent further nutritional deficiency of the bones. It also minimize further damage of osteoporosis on bones.
Homeopathy will not reverse existing bone loss, but can bring the body into better balance and help its minerals and nutrients be used efficiently.
Following are most commonly used homeopathic remedies:
Calc-carb, Calc-fluor, Calc-iod, Calc-phos, Cortisonum, Ferr-met, Ferr-iod, Ferr-mur, Ferr-phos, Iodium, Kali-iod, Mercurius., Nitricum-acid, Phos-acid, Phosphorus, Ruta, Silicea, Sulphur, Symphytum, Syphilinum
*These figures has been taken from International Osteoporosis Foundation.
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