Kayal Osteoporosis Center
Over 40 million Americans suffer from low bone mass or osteoporosis. At Kayal Osteoporosis Center, our board-certified New Jersey surgeons are as concerned with preventing bone disease as they are with treating it. Depending upon your overall health, a prevention plan may involve one or more treatment recommendations—including vitamin supplements, physical activity and customized endocrine treatments. While no one treatment can guarantee disease prevention, the key to osteoporosis management lies in achieving an optimal blend of lifestyle and medical adjustments.
Steps to Disease Prevention
The best defense against osteoporosis is building strong bones before the age of 30, but there are many things older adults can do to maintain strong bones and prevent disease-related fractures (called “fragility fractures”). These include:
- Calcium. After the age of 30, the body begins to lose bone mass. Dietary calcium (from sources like milk, yogurt, orange juice and green vegetables) is very important to the prevention of bone loss. If you are not taking in adequate amounts of calcium and are at risk for osteoporosis, your NJ bone specialist may recommend calcium supplementation.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D is required to properly absorb calcium, and low vitamin D levels are prevalent among fragility fracture patients. According to the National Institutes of Health, most Americans do not have adequate blood levels of vitamin D. If you are low in vitamin D or aren’t regularly exposed to sunlight, your New Jersey osteoporosis doctor may recommend vitamin D supplementation. Low vitamin D is easily treated without side effects—and is a first-line defense against osteoporosis.
- Weight bearing & muscle strengthening exercise. Engaging in weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises three to five times a week helps to maintain bone density. Exercises can be high or low impact (though individuals already at risk for a fracture should avoid high-impact activities). Weight bearing exercise may include walking, running, elliptical machines, stair climbing, dancing, tennis or hiking. Muscle strengthening may involve free weights, weight machines, elastic bands, or body weight.
- Functional, postural and balance training. Activities like Pilates, yoga and Tai Chi improve core strength, stability and balance—and reduce the chance of falls. Kayal Osteoporosis Center recommends physical therapy programs that focus on bone density maintenance and balance/functional training.
- Estrogen/testosterone treatment. During menopause, female estrogen levels drop. Estrogen is necessary for new bone growth, so post-menopausal women are at higher risk for bone disease. Similarly, men require adequate levels of testosterone for bone protection. Patients with a hormone imbalance may need hormone therapy to optimize estrogen/testosterone levels and ward off related bone disease.
- Other endocrine therapies. Thyroid and parathyroid overproduction can cause osteoporosis, as well—since these hormones extract calcium from the bones. If you suffer from hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroidism or other endocrine disorders, your Kayal Osteoporosis Center physician may recommend endocrine therapies to reduce osteoporosis risk and strengthen your bones.
Contact Kayal Osteoporosis Center Today
At Kayal Osteoporosis Center, we specialize in bone disease prevention and management. High-risk patients can maintain bone density and avoid fragility fractures by scheduling a consultation with one of our team members. Call our Ridgewood or Franklin Lakes offices today to begin taking charge of your bone health!