August 16, 2017

What Causes Osteoporosis

Naomi Loomis dedicates much of her time to supporting organizations and raising awareness of Osteoporosis.

The Causes of Osteoporosis

Many people around the world are affected by osteoporosis which causes weakness of the bones. There are numerous causes and it can affect both women and men. The reason people get osteoporosis is that an imbalance occurs when new bone should be formed while old bone is reabsorbed. This can cause the body to struggle to either make new bone or too much old bone being reabsorbed. Calcium and phosphate are the minerals that are essential for optimum bone health and strength. They are produced during youth, however if the body does not get enough calcium or is unable to absorb it properly it can cause new production of bone to suffer. This causes bones to become weaker leading to a higher chance of breakages.

It usually takes years for the bone density loss to occur and is not noticed by most until they break a bone. This is why many people are already in the advanced stages before it is recognized. Because of this, Naomi Loomis sets out to educate individuals on the subject of osteoporosis to prevent damage before it occurs.

Naomi Loomis Osteoporosis

Hormones

For both women and men, the cause of osteoporosis can be caused by hormones lacking. In women it is estrogen which is why many women after menopause suffer and in men androgen. Not taking enough calcium and vitamin D as part of your diet or supplements can also cause it. If you do not keep up weight bearing exercise this can be another factor for developing it.

Condition

Medication and certain conditions are known to also cause osteoporosis. Many of these conditions that Naomi Loomis has researched and studied include:

  •         Too many corticosteroids which can cause Cushing syndrome
  •         Thyroid problems
  •         Inactivity
  •         Cancer of the bones
  •         Genetic disorder
  •         Lack of calcium intake

Although osteoporosis can affect both women and men, women are at a higher risk of developing it especially if they are of small frame as they get older. Those in a white and Asian ethnic group are also at a higher risk especially if they already have family members that suffer from it.

Menopause

Once menopause has hit the levels of estrogen drop making it a huge factor for developing osteoporosis. This includes women that go through menopause naturally, have needed a surgical procedure such as a hysterectomy and health problems that cause lack of regular menstruation.

Smoking and poor diet

If you smoke you are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis as well as if you have an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia which will cause you to have a lower than necessary level of calcium and vitamin D. Drinking alcohol regularly and heavily is another factor. If you live a sedate lifestyle and don’t exercise regularly you could also be putting yourself at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis. Naomi Loomis works with a variety of organizations to help men and women maintain healthy and active lifestyles.

Rheumatoid arthritis

If you already have rheumatoid arthritis there is a higher chance that you will also develop osteoporosis. Having a parent with osteoporosis also puts you at a higher risk so ensuring you have the right vitamins and minerals as a preventative measure is advised. There are treatments that can help with side effects of osteoporosis but the best advice that Naomi Loomis can give is to take preventative measures especially if you are in an at risk group.

Diet and Osteoporosis

Foods to Limit or Avoid if you Think you May Have OsteoporosisNaomi Loomis has made her mission to become an active participant in her health and charities that promote awareness of Osteoporosis-which is a condition that weakens the bones and makes them prone to injury. Aside from leading an extremely active lifestyle with family and friends, Naomi Loomis has an intimate knowledge of the dangers of Osteoporosis. As a young woman-at the young age of 39-and leading a healthy active life, she broke her hip due to Osteoporosis. After a long recovery of physical therapy and a healthful diet, Naomi was able to return to the active lifestyle she had; but it could have been prevented. Below, Naomi Loomis offers a review of the most important foods to include in your diet for healthy bones, as well as the foods that should be avoided to thwart Osteoporosis.

Foods to Eat

Though some of these are likely ones you already associate with healthy, strong bones; others may surprise you; and the more of these healthful foods that you can include in your everyday diet, the better the likelihood of bolstering bone strength, and avoiding the dangers of Osteoporosis.

  •         Dairy products: low-fat or non-fat cheeses, milks, and yogurt contain Vitamin D nutrients, vital for bone strength.
  •          Potassium and Vitamin C-rich fruits: tomatoes, papaya, bananas, oranges, prunes, grapefruits, pineapples, and strawberries.
  •         Calcium-rich Veggies: broccoli, dandelion greens, cabbage, okra, turnip greens, collard greens, and kale.
  •         Magnesium-rich Veggies: spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, collar greens, okra, beet greens, and plantains.
  •         Vitamin C and K-rich Veggies: red/green peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, and collard greens.
  •         Fish: Canned salmon and sardines.

Foods to Limit/Avoid

Again, some may be no-brainers for health, but a few might surprise you-or possibly remind you of how important what you eat is in affecting your overall bodily health.

  •         Alcohol
  •         Soda
  •         Caffeine
  •         Tea
  •         Salty foods