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Women Under 40 Are Getting Osteoporosis, Here’s How You Can Help Prevent It

Recent studies have shown premenopausal women have been getting osteoporosis due to low peak bone mass, increased bone loss prior to menopause, or both. Osteoporosis is generally a postmenopausal disorder, however, researchers are seeing that low bone mass as well as accelerated bone loss can occur earlier in life.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that “Risk factors of premenopausal osteoporosis include the following: genetic influences, ethnicity, hormonal influences, nutritional factors, physical activity, disease factors, medications, and smoking.” Other factors include, medicine such as oral contraceptives as well as eating disorders like Anorexia Nervosa.

“Low bone density (T-score of less than 1 standard deviation below the mean for young adults) affects approximately 15% of young healthy women between the ages of 30 and 40. Bone density follows a bell curve distribution, and approximately 0.5% of young healthy women between the ages of 30 and 40 have T-scores of –2.5 or less.” says MD Aliya Khan and NCBI

Unfortunately, there are many reasons that cause premenopausal osteoporosis. But there are several ways that can help combat this disease;

-Strength Training: Helps build your bones stronger to prevent from fractures. You can do anything from dancing, to jogging, tennis and more.

-Calcium: If you don’t like milk not to worry grab some calcium pills women 18-50 should be consuming 1000 mg of calcium and 600 IU of Vitamin D daily according to The National Osteoporosis Foundation.  Things such as Kale, Tofu, and Soy Milk are all great vegan alternatives to milk as well.

-Stop Smoking: Smoking is a really bad habit as is. But yes, it reduces your bone mass and can cause all sorts of health problems including osteoporosis.

 

While these are just a few, there may be something that works better for you!

The Intermountain TOSH Healthy Bones Clinic will be at What a Women Wants Expo April 28 -29 2017 at the South Town Expo Center to answer any questions you may have!

Stay Healthy!