Signs and symptoms of undiagnosed osteoporosis
Anyone who breaks a bone from a trip and fall or less: even if it was on cement or ice should be screened for Osteoporosis.
It is a lot cheaper to have a DXA scan to see if you have undiagnosed, than wait to see if you break more bones.
Loss of height 2-16cm: It should not be considered normal at any age to loose height. It is a red flag if a person has lost height, especially if they have back pain or their posture has changed.
Sudden severe episodes of upper, middle or low back pain: Anyone who has undiagnosed back pain, Osteoporosis should be ruled out, especially if the person has lost height or their posture has changed.
A hump developing on their upper back: A hump developing on a person’s back should not be considered “Normal Aging”. If it is from undiagnosed Osteoporosis, the bones in the spine are collapsing, the hump develops because there is not enough bone in the spine to keep the person upright. If treatment is not initiated, research shows that every 6-12 months another bone (vertebrae in spine) will collapse. The hump causes the persons centre of gravity to be off, therefore placing the person at a high risk of losing their balance and possibly fracturing their hip. Even if a person has developed a hump, there are treatments to prevent the hump getting worse. It is very rare when a person can not be treated; we have 98 year olds who have improved their bones.
Change in body shape or size: This is usually associated with loss of height. This can happen due to the bones in the spine (vertebrae) collapsing, followed by the rib cage ending up resting on the pelvic, because the spine has lost bone support to hold it upright. A Pot belly can than occur as there is no place for the stomach contents to go, other than outwards. This can cause severe pain and/or difficulty in breathing and swallowing, in severe undiagnosed Osteoporosis patients.
Unexplained broken bones: People with severe undiagnosed Osteoporosis can cough, sneeze, stand up from a chair, roll over in bed and break bones. Anyone with unexplained broken bones should be screened for Osteoporosis.
Foods that can help prevent and treat Osteoporosis
Calcium sources from food
· Any oily fish (e.g. sardines and tuna)
· Some dark green vegetables.
· Some brands of orange juice
· Some breakfast cereals have calcium.
Vitamin D sources from food
- Yogurts (for example: Calin + by Yoplait)
- Fortified milks
- Oily fish
- Chicken livers
- Breakfast cereals
Protein sources from food
- white meat of poultry
Calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements
There may be inadequate amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D3 in the diet, and supplementation is necessary when dietary intake of Calcium and especially vitamin D3 is inadequate.
- Calcichew D3 Forte
- Osteofos D3
Vitamin D supplements:
Protein, Calcium and Vitamin D Supplement
There may be inadequate amounts of protein in a persons diet and supplementation is necessary when dietary intake of Protein is inadequate.
- True Life Shake up 50+ It is high in protein, calcium, vitamin D3 (100% RDA per serving) and fibre and is low in fat, gluten free, has no added sugar and is 100% Irish Whey Protein.