Aug 19, 2016 by Matt Clinnard
Most people don't realize they have osteoporosis until it's too late. They will break a bone, most often their hip, after which they're doctors will realize they have osteoporosis. If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis, at home health could provide them with the support they need to stay healthy for a long time.
In case you don't know much about osteoporosis, it is a silent disease that weakens an individual's bone's over time. The way bones renew themselves is by breaking down and rebuilding. However, individuals with osteoporosis rebuild bone at a significantly slower rate than they lose bone density.
A common misconception about osteoporosis is that it affects only women. That is simply not true. In fact, right now there are about 2 million American men suffering from osteoporosis.
There are a number of things at home health caregivers can do to help your loved one keep osteoporosis at bay or manage an existing condition. The first is to help your loved one eat a healthier diet. It is important that your loved one ingest as much calcium and vitamin D as possible.
Calcium is important because it helps build bones. An at home health caregiver will make sure your loved one is getting their daily dose of calcium, which is 1200 mg for people over 50. You may have heard that milk is rich in calcium. However, many other foods are as well such as fish, dark green leafy vegetables and some cereals.
However, it does not matter how much calcium your loved one is ingesting if they are not taking in enough vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Foods rich in vitamin D include eggs, fatty fish, and cereal.
Exercise is also very important for both managing and preventing osteoporosis. Of course, there are certain exercises that are good for osteoporosis and others that must be categorically avoided because they may lead to your loved one ending up in the emergency room with broken bones. Of course, your loved one's at home health caregiver cannot make a workout plan for them, but they can do a number of things to support your loved one on their road to good health. This includes emotional support and driving them where they need to go when they need to.
Fall prevention is also crucial when it comes to managing osteoporosis.