Weight loss and osteoporosis


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Weight loss and osteoporosis

Defined as the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time, Osteoporosis usually occurs in old age but it can also occur in any age group.

It can occur due to lack of physical activity, hormonal changes, metabolic bone diseases such as Hypothyroidism, and Hyperparathyroidism, and lack of vitamin D and calcium in your body.

How is weight loss linked to osteoporosis?

Excessive weight loss accelerates bone loss also and hence, causes Osteoporosis. Also, on the other hand lack of body weight and weight reduction can lead to Osteoporosis at an early age. Thus, it is important for you to be mindful of not dieting to a level where your weight falls below desired limits. The best option is to mix diet with exercise in order to protect your bones.

How exercise helps in preventing falls and fractures?

Exercises strengthen the tone & power of the muscles which protect the neighbouring joints & also increases the proprioception in the joints. Hence, exercises help in protecting the joints and preventing falls that lead to Osteoporosis.

What are the best types of exercises for an Osteoporosis patient?

The best type of exercises to strengthen the bones are weight bearing exercises like brisk walking, running etc. These help in preserving bone density and avoid Osteoporosis. Strength and balance exercises may help you avoid falls, decreasing your chances of breaking a bone. Consult trainers and other health professionals before starting a weight training routine.

Food items allowed in an ideal Osteoporosis diet plan?

Oatmeal, fat-free milk, sesame bagels, dried, chopped apricots, nuts, orange juice (calcium-fortified), clear or lentil soup, whole wheat chapatti with a small bowl of cooked seasonal vegetable, fat free yogurt and apple - These are all great food options for a balanced diet plan that prevents and controls Osteoporosis.
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