Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become brittle and susceptible to fracture. The two most common medical treatments to combat this are hormones and bisphosphonates.
Hormones reduce the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures in women, but can also increase the risk of breast cancer and heart attack. Bisphosphonates, by comparison, slow down bone loss with fewer risks than hormones, however unusual bone fractures and bone pain have been reported.
The National Institutes of Health’s Consensus Statement on Osteoporosis found that calcium and Vitamin D intake are crucial to preserving strong bones.
Consider adding these calcium-rich foods to your diet:
- Organic, hormone-free dairy products
- Canned sardines and canned sockeye salmon
- Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, collard greens and bok choy
- Carrageenan- and sweetener-free soy milk
- Black-eyed peas
- Blackstrap molasses
- Poppy seeds and sesame seeds
As we age, it becomes increasingly important to have our bone density and vitamin D levels checked annually. Contact Pacific Urgent Care and Wellness Center to set up an appointment today!
Joseph Moore, MD