New Diagnosis of Osteoporosis!

 

Bone loss increases after menopause due to lower levels of estrogen. Osteoporosis may also occur due to a number of conditions or treatments, including alcoholism, anorexia, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and surgical removal of the ovaries. Certain medications increase the aate of bone loss, including some anti-seizure medications, chemotherapy, proton pump inhibitors, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, and gluco-corticosteroids. Smoking and a sedentary lifestyle are additional risk factors. None of these pertain to me - except menopause!

My family physician shared that this condition is one of the leading indirect causes of mortality for elderly women. If they fall and break a hip, and become bed-ridden for an extended period in order to heal, they may develop a blood clot or catch pneumonia, leading to death. 

Luckily, we live in a day and age where medications can help!

I have been prescribed Actonel (Risedonate-35). Actonel, taken in conjunction with calcium and vitamin D, along with some high impact activity, is expected to rebuild and strengthen my bones.

Foods - besides dairy - which can help increase your calcium intake and your bone strength include calcium-enriched tofu, figs, prunes, dark leafy greens such as kale and bok choy, sweet potato, citrus fruit, canned salmon, almond butter, and molasses.

As a trained professional organizer, why I am writing about this?

My life mission is to make the world a better place, and to help others live happier and better lives. Decluttering and organizing are an important part of this, but so is your health!

A bone density test is free in Canada, and completely painless. I encourage you to take excellent care of your bones, so that they’ll hold you up as you get older!