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Thursday, 14 June 2018
Older men at increased risk of fractures from the bone-thinning disease
Often men don't think they need to worry about osteoporosis. However, older men have a greater risk of osteoporosis-related fractures than of getting prostate cancer. In fact, about one in four men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis during their lifetime, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation in the U.S.
Here are some tips on how to protect against osteoporosis:
Get plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
Studies have shown that low calcium intake is associated with low bone mass and higher fracture rates. Vitamin D is needed to help absorb calcium in the body, so the body needs adequate amounts of each.
Some of the best sources of calcium include tofu, spinach, greens (collard, turnip, mustard, and kale), and dairy products like yogurt, cheese, and milk. High amounts of vitamin D are found in salmon, sardines, tuna, milk, and mushrooms. If you have a deficiency, or have trouble consuming these foods, you may need daily supplements which Sona provide.
Regular weight-bearing exercise, such as dancing, aerobic classes, running, stair climbing, and power walking, helps to stimulate bone formation.
Certain drugs can raise the risk of osteoporosis in men. These include steroids to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers; androgen deprivation therapy used to treat prostate cancer; anticonvulsants for epilepsy; thyroid hormone replacement for an under-active thyroid; and some chemotherapy drugs. Speak to a doctor about dosage and how they may influence the risk of osteoporosis.
Stop smoking and monitor alcohol intake.
Both smoking and heavy alcohol drinking raise the risk of osteoporosis in men. Limit alcohol intake to one drink per day where possible.
Other uncontrollable factors also may raise the risk of osteoposis, such as family history and ethnic background and chronic diseases that affect the kidneys, lungs, intestines, and stomach.
Sona stocks vitamin D and Jointplan which can help towards optimising joint and bone health. Ask you local pharmacy for more details or find the products online.