Anti aging guide

Treatments for Osteoporosis



How osteoporosis could be treated other than with calcium and mineral supplements

Apart from calcium, mineral supplements include magnesium, boron and zinc, all of which help maintain robust bones. Zinc stimulates the bone-forming cells called osteoblasts to work harder. These mineral supplements should preferably be taken together with calcium preparations.

Lack of exercise is a risk factor for osteoporosis. During exercise, particularly weight-bearing exercise, the bone is stimulated to retain calcium and repair itself well. Good exercises for the prevention of osteoporosis are brisk walking, weight training, moderate gardening, dancing, impact aerobics or general exercises at the gym. Some gyms offer special exercises for osteoporosis.

Weight-bearing exercise is best. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, do some basic weight lifting at home using books or tins of food. Try leg and arm exercises involving pushing, pulling or holding against gravity.

Homocysteine, the amino acid implicated in the development of heart disease, is also blamed for causing bone destruction, by blocking the formation and repair of collagen within the bone tissue. Folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements may help prevent this.

Complementary treatments of osteoporosis are:

  • yoga (weight-bearing postures)
  • Ayurvedic treatments with sesame oil, ginger and sugar
  • magnetic therapy to increase bone strength
  • light therapy to help the body produce the vitamin D needed for strong bones
Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm