A growing epidemic of women: osteoporosis (brittle bones)
What is osteoporosis?
The term is composed Osteoporosis two words Osteo means "porous bones and osteoporosis / brittle / weak. can be defined as a skeletal disease that affects bone strength and predisposes with an increased risk of fracture.
In this condition, is the structural degeneration of bone tissue leading to low bone mass, fragility and increased susceptibility to fracture.
skeleton is like a solid framework for the human body in various organs and tissues that are suspended. The two basic components of collagen bone proteins that form an informal network of calcium and phosphate, which gives strength and hardness of bone. There is a bone homeostasis in regard to continuous degeneration old bone cells at the same time building new ones. Until 30 years the balance between bone degeneration and repair is almost the same and then the amount of bone loss replaces the gain of bone mass and osteoporosis in series
Who Is Affected?
Although osteoporosis affects all ages and people, but postmenopausal women are more vulnerable. Currently 8.2 million people are affected India and the numbers growing epidemic. One in two women and eight men over 50 are suffering.
What causes risk factors /?
There many risk factors triggers / for osteoporosis as
§ Advanced age and post-menopausal syndrome: the women in these conditions have altered hormones estrogen in particular, which in turn leads to osteoporosis
§ Family history of osteoporosis
§ irrational and excessive steroid (Such as asthma, arthritis, etc.), thyroid hormones and anti Epilepsy (for) drugs
§ Smoking / Alcohol / high consumption of junk food or cola
§ thin pitted and raising small Asian women are at greater risk.
§ indolent lifestyle exercise no attitude
§ dietary deficiency of calcium and other vitamins and trace elements
How could I know, I have osteoporosis?
In most cases, disease is silent murderer least one symptom of the disorder. a person may feel healthy today, but tomorrow it may break.
§ symptoms of pain in the neck would concurrent mean lower lumbar back pain
§ curvature of the spine deformation
§ recurrent fractures (Nontraumatic)
§ loss of height due to deformation of the spine, while leaning
What laboratory tests are available?
Routine X-rays can detect bone loss until the disease has progressed to an advanced stage.
Bone densitometry Mainly DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray absorptiometry) is a very effective measure to detect the disorder. Measuring bone mass at the hip and spine which produces the osteoporosis at an early stage.
Test is very quick and painless it can detect specific two energy levels and differences are observed by the computer. The patient in the treatment of osteoporosis is recommended to pass the test every year to monitor treatment progress. In addition, this test also measures tissue total fat and fat in the body to check the progress of therapy in obese patients.
What Ayurveda says about osteoporosis?
Ayurveda is based on the concept of Vaati, Pitta and Kapha humors of the body is a holistic therapy. Said the disease osteoporosis Asthikshya name. Asthi means loss Bone is kshya. According to Ayurveda this condition is caused by contaminated Vaati humor and symptoms include pain in bones, teeth, brittle nails, dry in the body, excessive hair loss, chronic fatigue, unemployed and loose connections.
A detailed description Various herbs and formulations Vaati pacify contaminated source and are rich in calcium are discussed below.
What are the preventive measures?
Here are some Suggestions:
§ Live an active lifestyle. Daily exercise
§ Enforcement of brisk walking, swimming, tennis, cycling, dance and other weight-bearing exercise should be practiced
§ Daily intake of calcium for adult women is 1000 mg. So take sufficient quantities milk, cheese, vegetables, wheat, corn, orange in your diet.
§ Vitamin D is synthesized in the body by exposure to sunlight and then relax for an hour / day
§ Do not abuse the mental stress
§ Avoid junk food, especially the tail. Refrain from smoking, alcohol, etc.
§ Annual audit for bone density has more than 45 years of age
§ If you already have osteoporosis, take care of routine activities to prevent fractures. Wear flat shoes to avoid curing shoes to prevent slippery floors in the bathroom.
In a recent study by the USDA Research Center Human Nutrition on Aging at Tufts University, found that women who drink cola was associated with lower bone mineral density at all three sites hip, regardless of age, menopause
About the Author
Dr. Sandeep Madaan , M.D.(Ayurveda) is a renowned Expert in the field of Ayurvedic Healing. Many of his Articles and Research papers are published in various Health magazines, Research Journals and News papers time to time. He has been Ayurvedic Consultant at Apollo Clinic, Pitam Pura, Delhi. Having worked with Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi he masters the science of Research in the field of Ayurveda. Presently he is engaged with Maharishi Ayurveda Products, Noida and as Chief Physician at Astha Ayurvedic Clinic,C 10/27 Sec.-15 Rohini, Delhi. Treating Chronic and Obstinate diseases by Ayurvedic Therapy has far been his favourite subject and goal.
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