When a person seeks treatment for osteoporosis, his or her healthcare provider may recommend options such as exercise, nutrition, and medications (Boniva or Fosamax, for example). By addressing these three components, the bone loss associated with the disease may be slowed down.
A comprehensive treatment program for osteoporosis deals with:
- Proper nutrition
- Safety issues to prevent falls that may result in fractures.
In addition, your physician may prescribe medication as part of your osteoporosis treatment to slow or stop bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce fracture risk.
The foods we eat contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients that help keep our bodies healthy. All of these nutrients are needed in balanced proportion. In particular, calcium and vitamin D are needed for strong bones and for your heart, muscles, and nerves to function properly.
(Click Osteoporosis Prevention for the recommended daily amounts of calcium.)
Exercise is an important component of an osteoporosis prevention and treatment program. Exercise not only improves your bone health, but it also increases muscle strength, coordination, and balance, and leads to better overall health. While exercise is good for someone with osteoporosis, it should not put any sudden or excessive strain on your bones. As extra insurance against fractures, your doctor can recommend specific exercises to strengthen and support your back.