According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa, around ⅕ of men and ⅓ of women develop Osteoporosis in their lifetime – that is between 4 and 6 million South Africans. This disease, which affects the quality and density of your bones can lead to an increase in the risk of fractures and severe pain. Osteoporosis happens over time, and is often referred to as “the silent crippler.” It is commonly misconstrued to be an old women’s disease, but in fact the loss of bone density in women can happen from the age of 25. This is why it is important for women to begin the battle against osteoporosis as early as possible, and make positive lifestyle choices.
Researching new drugs
It is good news for women, as there is always new research and drugs that are making their way to the mainstream market. Ostarine is a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM) that helps to maintain body composition and increase muscle mass. It is sometimes taken by bodybuilders and athletes. There has been some research as to whether it can be effective for osteoporosis. The FDA has also recently approved Evenity, which significantly improves bone density, helping people that are living with Osteoporosis.
Eating for good bone health
Making a lifestyle change and eating to maintain good bone health is one of the best ways that you can prevent Osteoporosis in later years. Foods that are rich in Vitamin D and calcium are essential for bones and you should make sure that you are getting a good, balanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. There are many products that are specifically fortified with calcium and Vitamin D, such as breakfast cereals and certain brands of juices, that can also help you get enough nutrition for good bone health.
Doing regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training has also been proven to help reduce the likelihood of developing Osteoporosis. High impact, weight-bearing exercises are recommended to build bones and keep them strong, such as hiking, dancing, jogging, tennis and even climbing stairs. Muscle-strengthening exercises, such as lifting weights and using elastic exercise bands are also good to help maintain your bone health.
To fight the ongoing battle against Osteoporosis, it is important for women to make good lifestyle choices as early as possible. This will help to cut down the risk of developing brittle bones as you get older.