The natural aging process causes changes in your bones that lead to the loss of bone tissue. As you get older, your bones can become weaker and are more likely to fracture, even with minor injuries. If you’re one of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, your risk for fractures and other bone complications increases significantly.
At Bergen Aesthetics, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. Board-certified gynecologist and aesthetic specialist Heripsime Ohanian, PhD, MD, FACOG, offers a range of treatments to prevent further bone loss in those with osteoporosis.
Dr. Ohanian also provides preventive strategies you can start using now to protect your bones from tissue loss as you get older.
How osteoporosis affects your bones
Osteoporosis is a progressive condition that causes bones to become brittle and weak. The condition results when your body can’t regenerate enough healthy new bone tissue to replace the tissue that’s constantly breaking down.
Both men and women are susceptible to osteoporosis, but the condition is most common in women in their postmenopausal years due to the decrease in the production of estrogen. You might also be at higher risk for osteoporosis due to:
- Family history
- Thyroid disease
- Liver disease
- Small body frame size
- Low intake of calcium
- Rheumatoid arthritis
A lack of physical exercise and excessive alcohol or tobacco use can also contribute to osteoporosis.
As your condition worsens, you might experience complications like frequent bone breaks, chronic back pain from fractured spinal bones, and a stooped posture.
4 tips for preventing bone loss
While you may not be able to avoid osteoporosis due to certain risk factors, there are steps you can take now to prevent bone fractures and other complications later.
Here are four tips to consider implementing into your usual routine to protect against osteoporosis:
1. Load up on nutritious foods
Your bones need protein, calcium, and vitamin D to stay healthy. You can get more of these essential nutrients by eating leafy green vegetables, low-fat dairy products, fish, and whole grains.
If your diet doesn’t provide enough vitamins and minerals, consider adding supplements to your daily diet. You can also boost your vitamin D intake by spending time outside in the sun.
2. Engage in daily exercise
Physical activity of any kind can strengthen your bones. However, you can also focus on activities that can protect your bones in the long-term, including strength training exercises, tennis, jogging, and hiking.
3. Manage your weight
If you’re too thin, it can cause premature damage to your bones. Those with a body mass index (BMI) under 19 puts you at special risk for early bone loss.
4. Know your risk factors
If you have any risk factors for osteoporosis, be sure to follow up with Dr. Ohanian regularly for preventive screenings. With an early diagnosis, osteoporosis is manageable, and we can help you prevent additional bone loss and fractures.
Call Bergen Aesthetics in Paramus, New Jersey, to schedule an osteoporosis consultation or book an appointment online today.