Understanding Osteoporosis: What Causes

Osteoporosis means "porous bones." While our bones are slightly porous, they are still dense and hard; hence hard to break. Osteoporosis decays the bone, causing it become more porous, thus more brittle, smaller in size, and misshapen.

Regardless of all of the factors that we cannot control that may lead to the development of osteoporosis, our choices concerning food intake and physical activity levels are by far the most important factors that we can control.

Our bones are comprised of a hard outer casing, spongy bone tissue underneath and marrow in the centers. Each bone also has its own supplies for blood and nerves. The bone tissues themselves are made up of various protein chains and minerals, like calcium.

Bones are constantly being broken down and regenerated - just like our skin tissues and many other cellular structures in our bodies. As we age, a variety of factors work in conjunction to make it so that our bones are not regenerated as rapidly as they break down. This is called osteoporosis.

Fast facts about osteoporosis:

What causes Osteoporosis?

Many times, there are no symptoms to be recognized as one develops osteoporosis. It often takes a bump, fall or other impact injury to cause a bone to snap. Because of this, we all need to be aware of the factors that may be causing osteoporosis to develop within us at all times.

They include:

Largest contributors to osteoporosis

Improper diet

Developing osteopenia (a low bone mass measurement) is often thought to be associated with a lack of calcium - and it is. However, your body also requires sufficient amounts of vitamin D in order to help it to absorb the calcium that may be present there.

Sedentary living habits

It is estimated by health professionals across the planet that as many as 25% of all people are "completely sedentary". Like your muscles, your bones absolutely love physical activity! In fact, they thrive on it and cannot do without it. You have to be sure to engage in a consistently active lifestyle. This is not an option. Besides eating the proper foods, your body requires that you receive daily exercise.

It is recommended that all people engage in at least 20 minutes of semi-strenuous physical activity each and every day. If you're not doing this, you are increasing your risk for developing osteoporosis - and of course, many other preventable diseases and health disorders.

What should you eat?

Fresh, organic vegetables

Avoid the following food types:

Be aware of the affects of osteoporosis and the fact that it can happen to any of us. Taking preventative measures now will help prevent complications in the future.


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