Osteoporosis is a bone disease that mostly affects older people. However, women are more predisposed to the disease after having undergone menopause since they then have an oestrogen deficiency. Indeed, this hormone is responsible for bone strength. In addition, women have a lower, and thus more fragile, bone mass. However, there are still other risk factors, such as heredity. Moreover, lean, thin, white or blonde individuals are more exposed to risks of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a silent disease that does not manifest itself early on. It is caused by bone loss. Indeed, bone consists of collagen and mineralized proteins, including calcium and magnesium. These minerals are responsible for bone strength. In postmenopausal women, the loss of bone mass increases with age. This decrease is accompanied by a perforation of the bone tissue, which then becomes brittle. Thus the fractures come to be more common due to bone fragility.
Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of bone tissue demineralization exceeds that of the new tissue formation. There is a significant loss, that can reach up to 40% of bone mass, in an affected person that is 80 years old. In men, the loss accounts for 3 to 5 % of the overall bone mass every 10 years. Therefore, it is important to take preventive measures by eating foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D and to regularly engage in physical activity.
Osteoporosis is an asymptomatic disease. Indeed, it is often only detected once it reaches a severe stage, like the occurrence of fractures. Therefore, prevention is of paramount importance. Fractures often affect the hip, spine, wrist and hip. Sometimes, osteoporosis manifests itself by collapsed vertebrae. The individual then has an abnormal posture that is accompanied by chronic pain, even in the absence of movement. To avoid such accidents, certain symptoms such as the individual’s reduced size, the onset of back pain and spinal deformation, must be known and easily identified.
Primary osteoporosis mostly affects postmenopausal women. The risk of contracting the disease doubles once a person reaches the age of seventy. Secondary osteoporosis affects youngsters and middle-aged adults. It is caused by anorexia accompanied by a rapid weight loss. This disease can also be caused by excessive exercise that leads to an interruption of the menstrual cycle. Finally, a diet that is poor in calcium and vitamin D content may also be responsible for osteoporosis in children.
In postmenopausal women, it is important to slow the onset of osteoporosis by following an adequate treatment. To that end, take a weekly dose of Parathyroidinum 15 to 30 CH. Osteoporosis can also be relieved by taking Silicea 7 CH in the morning upon awakening, Symphytum 5 CH at bedtime and Natrum Muriaticum 9 CH on Sundays. To slow the disease’s progression, it is recommended to eat calcium-rich foods, such as dairy products, to take vitamin D and to enjoy a moderate exposure to the sun.
Menopausal women who suffer from a thyroid or parathyroid disorder, or a kidney problem should seek medical attention. The same applies to patients that are undergoing an antiepileptic treatment or that take cortisone. Family history of osteoporosis or fractures are all warning signs that could also prompt one to seek medical attention.
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Good to know: To consolidate fractured bones, it is advisable to take granules of Osseine 4 CH and Cartilago 4 CH. This treatment helps to stop the evolution of osteoporosis once and for all. Homoeopathy also helps to prevent other fractures from occurring subsequently.