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are there natural treatments for osteoporosis?

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Dr. Visala Nanduri
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Diet and exercise: It is difficult to get all calcium and vitamin d from diet alone. Calcium and vit d supplements are a must. Green leafy veg. Provide mg and other supplements. Regular aerobic and muscle building exercise will atleast reduse progress of osteoporosis. Avoid risk factors like smoking. I would advise treating osteoporosis aggressively, given the high risk of fracture which in turn results in high morbidity and mortality.
Dr. Chaitanya Mamillapalli
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
No: osteoporosis requires multifaceted approach of treatment. Will need lifestyle changes as well as pharmacological treatment. In most cases of osteoporosis, natural treatments with calcium and vitamin D supplementation by itself will not be sufficient to treat osteoporosis.
Dr. Robert Lang
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Yes t: Strontium is a natural treatment used widely in europe. In europe there is a patented form of strontium that is prescribed as a drug, in the U.S., strontium citrate has been used for over 50 years. We have used 3 capsules of 227mg taken together, on an empty stomach for over 5 years with excellent results. Consult a doctor knowledgeable in this area to be sure it is effective.
Dr. Marshall Solomon
Podiatry 48 years experience
Depending of severit: Depending on severity. Have your calcium and d3 levels check. Calcium and vit d supplementation is beneficial. Good diet is important and avoiding excessive alcohol and no smoking.
Dr. J Ricardo Loret De Mola
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
Also exercise improves bone density
Mar 10, 2013

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How does osteoporosis affect people who have it?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Depends: In the early stages, there might not be any symptoms. Symptoms in late stage of the disease include: bone pain, loss of height, stooped posture or pain from fractures that occur because of the osteoporosis (hip, wrist, vertebra-lower back, neck pain..) you need to be treated if you were diagnosed with osteoporosis. The condition will not get better on its own.
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Can anyone get osteoporosis?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes anyone can, but-: Everyone will start losing bone density usually after their 20's. However, not everyone will get osteoporosis (bone loss to the point of being at higher risk for hip or back factures.) how quickly you lose it will depend on gender, family history, race, medications taken (especially corticosteroids), weight bearing exercises performed in the past and performing now, etc.
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How do I know if I am at risk for getting osteoporosis?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Risk factors?: Menopause is a major risk factor since the loss of estrogen leads to increased bone loss. Other important risks include increasing age, family history, personal history of a fracture, cigarette smoking, use of steroids, low body weight, or alcohol. The frax risk analysis will help you calculate your risk of a fracture within the next 10 years.
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How is osteoporosis diagnosed?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Bone density testing: The best test is a bone density test (known as a DXA scan). This painless test measures the density of your bones. Your doctor uses this test to predict the risk of bone fracture in the future. Sometimes a spine or hip xray can show fractures of your spine/vertebra which can indicate undiagnosed osteoporosis but usually the first test is the DXA scan.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can you please define osteoporosis?

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Dr. Amanda Xi
Dr. Amanda Xianswered
General Practice 6 years experience
Disease: Osteoporosis is a disease where the affected person has low bone mass and deterioration of the bones. This results in fragile bones and and increase in susceptibility to fractures and broken bones. Risk factors: gender (female) and age (post-menopausal). Excercise and calcium supplementation... In children (fortified milk) and young ladies are important, life-long preventive measures.

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