Osteoporosis: How to Fight Back

Osteoporosis is something many of us cope with or will have to live with as we get older. In the United States alone, more than 40 million people already have this disease, or are at high risk of developing it because of low bone mass.

While osteoporosis is typically considered to be a disease of elderly women, it can affect anyone at any time. While it’s true that our bone loss increases as we get older, it is possible to halt the progression of osteoporosis and even reverse the trend to prevent our bones from becoming so brittle.

Medication has been shown in the past to decrease the amount of bone loss that a typical osteoporosis sufferer experiences. However,  Dr. Sam Possimiers suggests that the key to fighting the disease is to not just halt the loss, but to increase bone formation. In other words, it’s never too late to grow new bones.

One of the best ways to increase bone formation is through exercise. However, not all exercises are created equal. It’s important to perform weight-bearing exercises to encourage the increase of bone density and prevent bone loss. Some of the best exercises to accomplish this are:

  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Jumping rope
  • Weight training

It’s important to make sure that any exercise you perform is a weight-bearing exercise, as some workouts like cycling or swimming can actually decrease bone density.

If you’re at risk for developing osteoporosis, talk to your chiropractic team about what you can do to prevent bone loss and encourage bone formation. It is possible to fight osteoporosis, but you need to begin as soon as you can.

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