Bone-building Thoughts about osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, a bone disease which causes the body to lose too much bone, make too little bone or both, is so common it’s estimated half of American women over 50 and one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to the disease. Major pharmaceutical companies have introduced many different medications to combat the condition, but those drugs often carry harmful side effects. If you or someone you love is affected, look to Chiro One for sound advice on natural alternatives for osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis

Do Your Homework

According to Dr. Scott Cruse, D.C., Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Palos Heights,  people diagnosed with osteoporosis, or a pre-osteoporosis condition called osteopenia, need to be proactive about researching alternative ways to treat the condition. “New studies are coming out all the time,” he explains. “In fact, recent research indicates that women who have been on bisphosphonates (such as Boniva) for more than five years may have a higher risk of atypical fractures.” In addition, Dr. Scott notes research also shows potential connections between developing osteoporosis due to steroid use. With medications potentially causing harm, natural alternatives are an attractive option.

Exercise Smart

Proper exercise is key to fighting the condition. “The simplest way to combat osteoporosis is with lifestyle changes,” Dr. Scott says. “Making sure you incorporate non-inflammatory exercises like using a vibration plate at a gym is an excellent way to rebuild and renew the body.” Vibration plates, which vibrate the user’s whole body, can increase muscle and bone strength, while improving balance, flexibility and circulation. Be sure to talk to your chiropractor about safe usage of vibration plates.

Sunshine & Vitamins

To promote bone health, Dr. Scott recommends getting 10 to 20 minutes of direct sunshine several days a week or taking a Vitamin D3 cholecalciferol supplement. Add kale, spinach and broccoli to meals for vitamin K, which works in conjunction with vitamin D to deliver bone-building benefits. Dr. Scott also recommends getting omega-3 fatty acids, through fish, nuts or supplements, which also boast bone benefits. But before taking any vitamin supplements, please discuss them with your doctor.