Osteoporosis Exercises For The Elderly

Osteoporosis ExercisesOsteoporosis exercises are just one important tool in the management of osteoporosis. Bone cells break down and are replaced with new bone cells throughout our lives. Over time, the rate at which new cells develop slows down so that more bone is lost than gained. The result is osteoporosis. Here are some osteoporosis facts you should know. There are no symptoms until osteoporosis becomes very serious, usually when a bone fractures. It is called the silent disease. While osteoporosis usually affects older people, it can strike at any age. The number of Americans who have osteoporosis or are at risk because of low bone density is over 40 million. Exercise, vitamin D and calcium alone are not enough to reverse osteoporosis. The annual cost of caring for osteoporosis fracture related problems is in the billions. Osteoporosis fractures increase the mortality rate, in fact, 1 in 5 people with hip fractures will die within a year.

Osteoporosis screening is recommended at age 60 for women especially those with risk factors. People over the age of 50 who have had a fracture should also be screened. If a person loses height, develops hunched or stooped posture, or has back pain, screening is in order.

Fortunately, new medications have developed in recent years that can slow or stop the progression of osteoporosis and in some cases, even reverse it. Oral bisphonate therapy is taken either once a week or once a month. People with stomach problems and people who cannot sit up for at least half an hour may not be candidates for oral bisphonates. The most recent development is reclast infusion as an osteoporosis treatment. This intravenous infusion is given only once a year in a doctor’s office.

Whether you are taking oral bisphonates or reclast intravenous therapy, you must also take daily doses of calcium and vitamin D. Your doctor will tell you how to take these supplements and at what dose. Osteoporosis exercises are also very important for two reasons. The first reason that you should do osteoporosis exercises is to strengthen your muscles to reduce the likelihood of falling. These exercise focus particularly on the core of the body and on balance. The second reason that you should do osteoporosis exercises is to help strengthen the bone. When bones are slightly stressed by weight bearing exercises, they respond by building more bone. Remember that supplements and exercise alone are not enough to protect you from the dangers of osteoporosis. Follow your doctor’s recommendations.