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.

Importance of Bone Health for Young Women

Naomi Loomis knows first hand the importance of bone health in women. After being diagnosed with Osteoporosis at the young age of 39, she has decided to dedicate her time to helping individuals with Osteoporosis and preventing others from getting diagnosed. Though it is possible for both men and women to develop Osteoporosis at any age, it is most common in older women.  Osteoporosis develops over time, causing bones to become porous and fragile. This makes it easier for bones to break, making even the slightest bumps and falls much more dangerous. Osteoporosis is a serious condition, but it can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and proper care for one’s bones.

Naomi Loomis teaches her daughter about the dangers of Osteoporosis and how important it is for her to take care of her body.  Young women have the opportunity to take steps to prevent Osteoporosis from developing later in life.

By taking steps early, young women can actually build stronger and healthier bones, making it less likely for their bones to become weak and porous overtime.

bone health for young women

Here are a few steps every young woman should take to ensure the health of her bones:

  1. Make sure to take in enough calcium, whether it be through supplements or diet.
  2. Eating a well balanced diet can help with bone strength while also improving overall health.
  3. Limit alcohol consumption.
  4. Don’t smoke cigarettes.
  5. Exercise regularly.
  6. Be aware of eating disorders and their warning signs. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia can cause bones to weaken and lead to a multitude of other health issues.

Naomi Loomis understands the importance of bone health at any age. However, she emphasizes how vital it is for young women to take steps early to maintain strong and healthy bones. Osteoporosis can be prevented. The earlier young women begin protecting their bones, the stronger they become in the fight against Osteoporosis.

 

Prevention

Prevention of Osteoporosis: Symptoms and Risk Factors

Naomi Loomis broke her hip due to Osteoporosis at the young age of 39.  Because of this Naomi has now dedicated herself to informing others about the dangers of Osteoporosis and supporting The National Osteoporosis Foundation. Those living with Osteoporosis, like Naomi Loomis, are faced with day to day challenges that most people don’t think twice about.  Someone living with Osteoporosis has to think about something as easy as getting out of bed.  A simple misplaced foot could cause a fall and result in a broken hip or wrist.

The most common form of Osteoporosis is found in postmenopausal women. Unfortunately the disease does not always present symptoms early on, therefore those suffering from Osteoporosis might not seek treatment until they fracture a bone.  This is why It is important for both men and women to learn the symptoms and risk factors of Osteoporosis in order to better treat and prevent broken bones due to Osteoporosis.  As with many other diseases, there are many factors that contribute to the diagnosis.

Osteoporosis Symptoms and Risk FactorsSymptoms of Osteoporosis:

  • Back pain
  • Poor, slumped posture
  • Gradual loss of height
  • Hip, wrist, or spine fractures
  • The appearance of a hump in the spine

Osteoporosis Risk Factors:

  • Low calcium intake
  • Low body weight
  • Alcoholism
  • Poor general health
  • Early menopause (in women)
  • Hereditary
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Falling
  • Not enough physical activity

The possibility of being diagnosed with Osteoporosis does increase with age, however in cases like Naomi Loomis’ one can be diagnosed in their thirties. Simply put, Osteoporosis is the thinning of bones.  Because symptoms are not common in the early stages of Osteoporosis, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors so one can consult with their doctor.

At this time there is no cure for Osteoporosis.  Naomi Loomis supports The National Osteoporosis Foundation, as it is the only charity to benefit those with Osteoporosis in the United States.  She urges people to remain educated about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for those suffering from Osteoporosis as the search for a cure continues.