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Osteoporosis can be prevented by adopting healthy habits

Fractures caused by the disease occur eight times more than breast cancer. Delayed diagnosis may affect the treatment

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A balanced diet rich in calcium can prevent osteoporosis, a disease that causes decreased bone mass and structural deterioration caused by lack of calcium, often only noticed when a fracture occurs.

But not only is the food great ally in the prevention of disease. The adoption of healthy habits in daily life as regular physical activity, sun exposure at appropriate times and the elimination of cigarette helps in reducing bone loss.

Another important factor, both the prevention and treatment of illness, is the clarification. Osteoporosis is surrounded by myths, which often leads to late diagnosis and lack of guidance in dealing with the disease. Therefore, clarifying the doubts about having more health and quality of life.

According to Salo Buksman, Program Officer for Male Osteoporosis (Promo) National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics (Into), we'll explain some important points for people to take care of early. Data from the Brazilian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology (SBOT) show that osteoporotic fractures occur three times more than heart disease, seven times more than stroke and eight times more than breast cancer.

See below some frequently asked questions about osteoporosis

1 - Who does not like milk has a higher risk for osteoporosis?

No. One of the tips of disease prevention is concerned with the minimum intake of calcium needed for healthy bones. Are recommended 1,200 mg per day. And who does not like milk just use other products like cheese, for example.

2 - Osteoporosis is not curable and can not be treated?

Osteoporosis is not curable, but treatment must be done by specialists can provide guidance on drugs that can stabilize the framework of the disease or ameliorate the problem. This means avoiding major complications and significantly reduce the risk of fractures.

3 - Who has osteoporosis can not perform physical activity?

On the contrary. Physical exercise is essential. In this case, the exercises should have minimal impact. Walking is the activity longer recommended.

4 - Should I be concerned only with osteoporosis after menopause?

No. The level of calcium in the body is actually lower after the menopause, but its incidence is not related to this phase. Prevention should be a concern throughout life. And for that just follow some daily actions as being exposed to unfiltered sunlight for 15 minutes every day. The sun must focus on the face, trunk and upper arms. Warning: You should avoid the sun after the 10 hours. Vale ingest vitamin D daily. Vegetables and fortified dairy products provide this vitamin.

5 - Osteoporosis is a disease of women?

Women have more osteoporosis than men because it has the bones thinner and lighter and have significant loss during menopause. However, men with a dietary deficiency in calcium and vitamins are subject to disease. Even the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics (Into) created the Men's Osteoporosis Program (PROM), since March 2004 with the objective of quantifying the victims of the disease to treat them and study their impact.

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