What Are Osteoporosis & Bone Density
Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass, making the bones weak and fragile, and more likely to break. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it’s more common in women. It’s a silent disease and one may not know until a bone is broken.
When bone density is at osteoporosis level, it would not give you any signal, symptom nor cause any pain at all. You’ll only feel the pain when there’s a bone fracture. Therefore, many elderly would assume that their bones are still healthy and strong which in actual fact could be otherwise, especially if they have not done bone density test before.
Different part of the bones may have different bone density level. Usually bone density test focuses on the high risk areas such as the wrist, spine and hip, which are prone to fracture.
Bone density would give you a reliable indication of your bone health, showing the hardness and strength of your bone. Bone density is represented by T-score; the higher the T-score, the healthier. Bone density can be categorized into 3 levels, namely:
- Healthy: T-score at -1.0 and above
- Osteopenia: T-score within the range of -1.0 and -2.5, showing that bone density is below normal level
- Osteoporosis: T-score at -2.5 and below
When the bone density is at osteoporosis level, there would be a risk of getting bone fracture. At this stage, it’s important to increase the bone density and to avoid falling down or carrying heavy stuff to avoid any fracture.
How To Increase Bone Density Naturally
Intake of the right nutrients, adequate exercise, exposure under the morning sun, sleep well are important contributing factors which can help on bone health.
As regards nutrition, combination of hydrolyzed collagen, rose hips, vitamins, minerals would provide essential nutrients for bone and joint. Special amino acids from hydrolyzed collagen, phytonutrients, calcium, magnesium, zinc together with multivitamin are beneficial to bone density and joint cartilage, as these nutrients can help to nourish, build and repair body tissues.
Exercising for at least half an hour a day in the morning, and brisk walking, tai-chi or qi-qong are the good options. Limit your coffee intake to no more than 1 cup a day.
Osteoporosis & Hunch Back, Loss Of Height
Do you know that osteoporosis can cause hunch back and ‘shrinkage’ in height? When hunch back happens, it may cause back discomfort or pain in the longer term. If you noticed that your loved ones are having hunch back, especially the elderly, their bones may have become weak without them knowing it. Go for a bone density scan to check on the bone density level.
Bone Density: Your Bone Health Indicator
Bone mineral density gives you an indication if your bones are still healthy and strong. Bone mineral density scan is non-invasive, designed to check whether your bone mineral density is at healthy, osteopenia or osteoporosis level. Bone mineral density is a reliable indicator of bone fracture risk.
Are your bones healthy and strong? Check out our schedule for a FREE bone density scan at the nearest pharmacy or Scientist Home Wellness. We use ultrasound machine to scan your wrist.