A family member, let’s call her Jane, has taken a fall. A shattered wrist! Jane had already shown symptoms of osteoporosis from a previous fall. This fall has resulted not in a fracture but worse – it’s shattered the bone. Now if you are self employed as Jane is, and not insured to cover your pay loss , then this impacts enormously on your life. So not only is there medical bills but with no income this is crippling in more ways than one.
What is osteoporosis?
Firstly it is the most common disease of the bones in our society today. It is the thinning of bone. Our bones become brittle and frail. Osteoporosis is becoming the scourge of the rich western countries. White women are most affected. Our lifestyle of women starving themselves to be thin is the first major hurdle to be overcome. Light body weight is a contributing factor to osteoporosis.
Women in our society smoke. This of course supposedly dulls the hunger pangs and stops you eating. So the theory is that women will retain their skeletal structure! Smoking is another contributing factor to bring on osteoporosis. A Berocca and cigarette for breakfast is not uncommon in women’s lives today. So now we are including the dietary deficiencies that encourage unhealthy bones. To top it off so many women indulge in alcohol – far too much of it.
So there we have these common critical lifestyle issues with woman in today’s society. All of these lifestyle habits are at the top of the list when it comes to causes of osteoporosis.
This is a disease that seemingly cannot be turned around but can be slowed and further degeneration addressed. Naturally once diagnosed then any thinking person should set themselves a plan to halt the disease.
Such simple things as exercise and diet are the first things in our life that must be addressed.
Smoking and excessive alcohol has to go. Do we need to say that! Alcohol has played a greater role in women’s lives of later years. Many women have the misguided belief that they can drink safely alongside ‘the boys’. Sadly this is incorrect.
In years to come we will witness the crippling results of osteoporosis on the increase. This is as a result of these lifestyle habits.