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Tips for Preventing Osteoporosis in the Elderly

Osteoporosis, or "porous bones", is a disease/ condition that grow over time when the development of new bone can't keep up with the deterioration of fragile old bone. Though the bone doesn't look any different, however, they contain less substance, calcium, and other crucial elements. Examined under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis happens, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb become larger than in healthy bone. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in severe cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.

Sadly, very few seniors are examined or treated for this disease. Because of this, as a provider of health care at home in Kolkata, Kankei Care is dedicated in going an extra mile to prevent our seniors from developing Osteoporosis, and to assist those who may already be suffering from this condition.

So what are some of the signs to indicate you or a loved one may have osteoporosis?

  • Back pain is a leading sign of possible osteoporosis, generally resulting in compression fractures in your spine’s vertebrae.
  • Easily broken wrists or hips from mild falls are also red flags and an important sign that you may have osteoporosis.
  • A stooped posture is another sign that you may have osteoporosis.

In addition to the more obvious symptoms stated above, there are early risk factors in both men and women that can eventually lead to osteoporosis. Habits like low calcium intake, alcoholism, smoking tobacco, poor exercise as well as having a low BMI, genetic links and other sicknesses/diseases – just to name a few – can all be early osteoporosis indicators.

Can My Bones Be Tested?

Osteoporosis isn’t something easily seen. After all, bones aren’t visible and neither is osteoporosis – even in basic x-rays. However, as a provider of healthcare at home, we would suggest if you believe you or your loved one might be at risk, the efficient way to test for osteoporosis is to visit the doctor for a bone density test and ask for bone mineral density test. A bone mineral density test matches patient's bone density to the bones of an average healthy young person. The test result, known as a T-score, shows how strong the bones are, whether you or your loved one have osteoporosis or osteopenia, and your risk for having a fracture.

The treatment:

There are numerous varieties of medications utilized to slow down or prevent further bone deterioration while increasing density of the bones for those suffering from Osteoporosis. Talk to your or your loved one's doctor to select which treatment may be best for you or for your loved one. For aging women, hormone therapy is a viable prognosis option. Vitamin D and Calcium are two of the best nutrients for patient fighting Osteoporosis as both of them helps to strengthen bone. As for exercise, weight training can assist not only increase bone stamina, however, balance improvement, posture- all fundamentally serves for a healthier, stronger body. However, if the spine bones have decayed, any treatment cannot change the effect, making it obvious to catch Osteoporosis earlier, rather than later.

Osteoporosis Care and Management with Kankei Care:

If you or your loved one is suffering from this chronic disease, you need a professional's help to maintain or decrease bone loss. Working as a provider of health care at home in Kolkata gave us immense experience to deal with a patient suffering from Osteoporosis. A professional caregiver from Kankei Care will ensure that all clients are provided with support in preventing or treating osteoporosis. Our caregivers assist patients to eat healthy/nutritious food and they try to have a fall-proof surrounding. Our professional caregiver can even offer home assessment and modification recommendations for fall prevention before they begin their work as a home caregiver. Kankei Care, one of the best home health care providers in Kolkata customizes each programme to fit the need of each client.

Have any query about our services or regarding preventing Osteoporosis in your loved one or for yourself? Contact us- we'd be happy to help.