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Neel
December 1, 2014

How to prevent osteoporosis?

I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a long time ago and with the passing of each day, I have come to realise that my back is becoming rounder. How can I prevent this? I try to sit as straight as possible, but I do get carried away sometimes because of the medical condition. Is there any way I can prevent further damage?

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  • Dr H N Bajaj  / December 1, 2014
    Answered by Dr H N Bajaj

    Osteoporosis as inevitable as income tax if you allow me to copy George Bernard Shaw. As age increases, bones become weak and collapse into a kind of wedge shape that permits the rounded shape that you are referring to. You need to be on medication to ...  more

    Osteoporosis as inevitable as income tax if you allow me to copy George Bernard Shaw. As age increases, bones become weak and collapse into a kind of wedge shape that permits the rounded shape that you are referring to. You need to be on medication to minimize osteoporosis which your doctor will prescribe. You need to be on a calcium rich diet - milk, dairy products, soya, green vegetables are good sources. Thirdly please remember that  weight bearing exercise has an anti osteoporotic effect. The simplest and easiest form of this is a daily walk. Spine exercises to strengthen the back muscles, improving posture will minimise the rounded shape. A brace called an ASH brace is helpful.

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