If you’ve been experiencing the visible symptoms of Osteoporosis and want to know if you acquired the condition, you will have to undergo the following medical examinations.
- X-ray – It will show one’s bone structure that will be examined by the doctor.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scan – It provides a detailed picture of the tissues. It can also help to determine the age of the fracture.
- Bone Scan – Shows the bone structure that can determine irregularities on the bones.
- Bone Density Testing – This is use to determine any other extent of bone loss.
Fortunately, one may prevent this condition by following these tips.
- Increase Calcium and Vitamin D intake
- Dairy-base products such as milk and yogurt are rich in calcium. Meanwhile, direct exposure to sunlight during 6am to 7am is the best source of Vitamin D.
- Active Lifestyle
- Exercise helps to slow the process of bone loss and improves muscles strength as well. Some suggestions are running, dancing, yoga, hiking or different sports.
- Don’t smoke
- Smoking harms one’s bones by lowering the amount of estrogen (helps slow down bone loss) in the body.
- Reduce alcoholic drink intake
- Alcohol decreases the ability of the body to use the calcium present in the body.
- Food Supplement
- Aside from eating food rich in calcium and Vitamin D, there are also supplements that provide the same or even higher dose of these vitamins and minerals. Just make sure to consult a healthcare provider before consuming any medicines.
References: Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Osteoporosis Fact Sheet – ePublications. Retrieved from https://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/osteoporosis.html.