Approximately 10 million people in the United States suffer from osteoporosis and some 18 million adults have low bone mass, or osteopenia. This number is expected to grow as the average age of our general population increases. Fragile and thinning bones have cost the health industry billons of dollars annually, mainly due to the bone fractures which arise as a result of one having osteoporosis.
That being said, it is readily apparent that precautionary measures are not taken seriously, or applied early enough in life to thwart the progression and onset of this condition. Although the fortification (or addition) of calcium to commonly consumed goods is on the rise, doctors continue to emphasize the fact that researchers have yet to compile a complete set of risk factors that are universal for every age demographic.
What we do know is that prevention begins in the first three decades of life with the administration of proper diet and regular exercise, and continues throughout the remainder of our adult lives. However, adequate intakes of calcium are assuredly lacking in the growing populous as childhood obesity rates continue to soar and physical activity declines. This further underlines the importance of nutritional supplementation in all ages, as a means to prevent the occurrence and progression of this disease once an individual is diagnosed.
|Although the best sources of calcium are found in calcium-containing foods, the majority of individuals do not obtain a sufficient amount from diet. Exoprin, an osteoporosis remedy, can bridge this gap; ensuring that the body's calcium needs are met, while affording the benefit of other key nutrients equally important for bone health.
Osteoporosis (porous bone) is classified as a bone disease. It is characterized by both a low bone mass and a structural deterioration of boney tissues located throughout the body. The condition is marked by an abnormality in the bone remodeling process. During remodeling, old bone is removed (resorption) and new bone is being added to the skeleton (formation). It is an ongoing process which occurs throughout each of our lifetimes. Osteoporosis develops when bone resorption is too sudden, or if new bone cannot keep up with the demands needed to replace bone that has been removed.
Contrary to the popular belief that bone is as hard as a rock, bone is in fact, a living, growing tissue. It is the combination of collagen and calcium that makes bones strong, flexible, and able to withstand stress. However, osteoporosis sufferers lack this rigidity, leading to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures; most notably of the spine, hip, rib, and wrist regions.
Signs and Symptoms of Osteoporosis:
Unfortunately, osteoporosis is usually not diagnosed as individuals with osteopenia and osteoporosis present very few symptoms. Definitive diagnosis usually occurs when the disease is in an advanced stage or when a fracture occurs at one of the locations shown above. However, this is not to say that signs and symptoms are totally absent. They may manifest as persistent aches and pains, or can present a more severe skeletal abnormality, such as loss in height. This is especially common in women as the bones of the spine (vertebrae) can begin to collapse and cause a 'stoop' in posture. This spine deformity is known as a dowager's hump (i.e. hunchback). Other classic signs and symptoms include;
- Cramps in the lower extremities; especially at night
- Nagging bone pain and tenderness
- Neck pain or discomfort
- Persistent pain in the abdomen or spine and muscles of the lower back
- Tooth loss
- Brittle Fingernails
- Periodontal disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Rib pain
Are you at risk?
Men: About twenty percent of all men will be affected by osteoporosis. About 7 percent of non-Hispanic, white, and Asian men, aged 50 and older, will develop osteoporosis. However, thirty-five percent of this demographic is said to suffer from low bone mass (osteopenia). Four percent of non-Hispanic, black men (also >50) will have osteoporosis and nineteen percent will suffer from low bone density. As well, three percent of Hispanic men are currently thought to have arthritis, with twenty-three percent suffering from osteopenia.
Women: Being female greatly enhances the risk and incidence of this disease. Women account for approximately eighty percent of all cases diagnosed. What's more, 45.3% of all women, regardless of ethnicity, currently have or will develop osteopenia. This may prove even more significant in both African-American and Caucasian women, as osteoporosis is commonly under-diagnosed in these two races.
Women lose up to twenty percent of all bone mass in the 5-7 years following menopause. Not only making them more susceptible to osteoporosis, but also increasing the prevalence of fractures over the opposite sex (50% of women vs. 25% of men). Over 1 1/2 million fractures occur annually and adversely impact the quality and activity of life in those (primarily) fifty years of age or older. Other factors increasing the likelihood of developing this "silent disease" include:
- Being female
- Current or past cigarette smoking
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Inactive lifestyle
- Low testosterone levels in men, estrogen deficiency in females
- Underlying medical conditions
- Certain medications
- Inadequate calcium intake throughout life
- Eating disorders
- Age (over age 50)
- Past fractures
- Current low bone mass
- Being thin, or being small framed
- Family history
- Abnormal, or absence of, menstruation
Exoprin deposits the lacking bone-building nutrients back into Your body; helping you to reduce the risk of osteoporosis onset, while managing the many adverse symptoms associated with the disease.
The preservation of bone mineral density remains the primary goal of osteoporosis treatments. This is done to provide a reduction in both the symptoms and risk of pathologic fractures. Once the disease has been accurately diagnosed, the implementation of weight-bearing exercises, proper diet, and vitamin/mineral supplementation is often suggested as the initial treatment protocol for standard medical treatments.
However, some physicians may also warrant the use of prescription medications as a means for bone mass preservation. These medications respond differently with each individual. In addition to the inconsistencies in personal efficacy, as with all medications, the potential for side effect is always a great concern.
Exoprin also targets disease prevention and disease management. However, because it is all-natural, side effects that can accompany popular prescription medications designed for osteoporosis treatment are eliminated. Progressive Health's osteoporosis formula has been formulated for those who are at an elevated risk of developing the disease, or who need immediate nutritional support for an existing bone condition. Exoprin is a potent, combination product that includes clinically evaluated nutrients, including:
- Vitamins K and D
- Key minerals (magnesium, manganese, boron, and zinc)
- A unique blend of soy isoflavones and ipriflavones
Studies suggest that the administration of such nutrients may work to suppress bone resorption, promote musculoskeletal stability, and increase bone mineral density. Exoprin can be your means in preventing further bone loss and to ensure the current health of your skeletal system.
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