This week a patient told me “I can’t have Osteoporosis, because I feel fine!” Osteoporosis is often silent. Osteoporosis can sneak up on you. You do not feel a thing – until the first fracture. And even then you must pay attention to realize that you have been warned.
High blood pressure can hide until the first stroke, or TIA if you are lucky. High cholesterol can hide until the first heart attack, a minor one if you are lucky. Diabetes can be overlooked until your eyesight or kidneys fail, or you lose a leg to ulcers. However, all of these, including Osteoporosis, can be successfully treated before a major problem arrives!!!
Osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are all chronic lifelong diseases. Many times they can be rendered harmless by changes in lifestyle, and perhaps medications. You never get rid of the underlying disease, but you can make it harmless by treating it properly.
Proper diet and nutrition are key to controlling all 4 diseases. If you catch them early enough, diet and nutrition alone can often be all you need for years. Unfortunately, most of us do not look for and catch them before medications are needed. We could change that if we looked earlier.
You can Take Control Naturally with diet, nutrition, and exercise, if you start early. Calcium, Vitamin D3, and protein are key for bone health. Get a complete bone health evaluation to look for osteoporosis risk and fracture risk. Specifics about risk factors next time.
Jay Ginther, MD