What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones of the body become brittle and weak. This condition makes seemingly small injuries or stresses more serious as they can directly result in bone fractures.
Osteoporosis occurs when new bone tissue is not produced by the body quickly enough to replace the bone tissue that is lost. Though this condition can affect both men and women, it is most common in post-menopausal women of Caucasian and Asian descent.
How your pharmacy can help with osteoporosis
There are a variety of factors which can increase your chances of developing osteoporosis. Among the most prevalent are diet and exercise choices.
Your pharmacy can assist you in the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis in the following ways:
- Calcium supplements- Calcium assists in the formation of new bone which means a low-calcium diet can contribute to the development or worsening of osteoporosis. Your pharmacy can provide you with a calcium supplement appropriate for your age and guide you in proper dosage.
- Vitamin D supplements- Vitamin D helps your body properly absorb calcium so the calcium can be used correctly by the body to build new bone tissue. Your local pharmacy can assist you in finding a vitamin D supplement to use in conjunction with your calcium supplement for optimal absorption.
- Protein supplements- Protein is a macromolecule necessary for the creation of new tissue within the body. Vegans, vegetarians, or individuals with a limited diet may not get enough protein each day to help with new bone growth. Your pharmacy can offer you a selection of protein supplement options to help you get the daily recommended dosage.
- Nicotine replacement therapy- Tobacco use throughout your life can contribute to the development of osteoporosis. If tobacco use is something you are struggling with, your pharmacy can provide you with nicotine replacement options to help you eliminate the use of tobacco.