Are you menopausal, perimenopausal, or postmenopausal? Have you had a recent bone density scan? What is Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, and the difference between the two conditions ?
Osteopenia and osteoporosis are becoming an epidemic in our society. Millions of women (and men) have these conditions without knowing it. This is because these are “silent” conditions which often do not exhibit symptoms, and therefore are not addressed properly or in a timely fashion.
Osteopenia is a condition where bone mineral density is lower than normal. Its defined as a bone mineral density score between -1.0 and -2.5, and is considered by many doctors to be a precursor to osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density which can lead to an increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis is defined as a bone mineral density score of -2.5 standard deviations or more below the mean peak bone mass. Medication is typically indicated.
What are the risk factors for these conditions?
What are the complications of these conditions?
Bone fractures, particularly in the spine or hip, are the most serious complication of osteoporosis. Hip fractures often are caused by a fall and can result in disability and even an increased risk of death within the first year after the injury. In some cases, spinal fractures can occur even if you haven't fallen causing back pain, lost height and a hunched forward posture.
What is the treatment for Osteopenia & Osteoporosis?
This varies considerably among physicians and practitioners, but usually includes hormone balancing, exercise specific for bone health, a healthy diet rich in calcium, vitamin D and magnesium, and bone building supplements or medications.
At Pilates Santé, we recommend the supplement Osteoben by Designs for Health.
Osteoben is a complete bone building formula. Osteoben contains a natural compound, Genistein, that acts like a mild, safe form of estrogen in the body. It is also rich with vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, zinc and vitamin K2. Osteoben increases bone mineral density (proven by bone scan follow up studies), reduces frequency and severity of hot flashes and is safe for breast, uterus and the cardiovascular system. You can purchase Osteoben here.
What exercises can help maintain or increase my bone density ?
Exercises which improve posture (decreasing round back kyphosis position), strengthen the spinal muscles and hip muscles in particular. Balance exercises are also important to decrease fall risk , and potential fracture related to falls.
Please see our video for exercises beneficial for bone density.