According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation: The number of fractures due to osteoporosis (porous bone) each year will reach more than 3 million by 2025. Osteoporosis is a preventable condition in which the bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases from a simple action such as a sneeze. An average of 24% of hip fracture patients aged 50 and over die in the year following their fracture.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for osteoporosis, but the good news is that the symptoms can by treated, with many people actually reversing their declining bone mass and getting stronger. For men and women of any age, their osteoporosis can be treated with a comprehensive program including lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise along with medication.
I recently read a very interesting scientific article reviewing the scientific literature pertaining to exercise and osteoporosis. The objective of the study was to assess the effects of different types of weight bearing exercises on bone density at the hip and spine in premenopausal women. The results of the study concluded that:
- combining high-impact exercise with resistance exercises, were effective in increasing bone mineral density at both the lumbar spine (low back) and the hip (femoral neck)
- Adhering to high-impact only exercises were effective in increasing bone mineral density on the hip (femoral neck).
These studies will empower you, the patient, in taking control of your condition. Taking Calcium supplements alone will help but will not maximize your chances of reducing your fracture risk. Taking Calcium supplements and following an exercise program will help your bones get stronger as well as improving your balance and overall strength.