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When you think about health, you think about your heart, brain, skin, hair but one thing that one rarely cares about until it’s too late is bones. Your bones help you do your various everyday actions and hold your body together. Thus healthy bones matter a lot. This is why you need to keep a few pointers in your mind and ask a few questions to your doctor so that your bones have a healthy life. 

What are the symptoms of weak bones or unhealthy bones? 

Bone loss is a very slow process, so it’s often quite late when one realizes the damage. However, here are a few warning signs: 

  • Severe back pain 
  • Height loss 
  • Inappropriate posture 
  • Vulnerability to bone fracture

These signs are usually indicative of degenerative bone conditions. One of the most common conditions is osteoporosis.

What is osteoporosis? 

Osteoporosis is a medical condition that leads to fragile and brittle bones. The lack of certain nutrients like Vitamin D, calcium, and hormonal changes can lead to osteoporosis. This leads to loss of bone density, ultimately making them fragile, weaker, brittle, and fracture-prone. In fact, more women than men are prone to this condition.

Why does osteoporosis affect women more than men? 

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, “one out of two women above the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis.” If this isn’t alarming, then what is?

Women’s health gets affected when the hormone oestrogen acutely decreases in their bodies. This hormone shields bone health, but after menopause, oestrogen production decreases quickly, leading to depletion of bone mass. This is why women need to opt for calcium supplements like OZiva HerBones that take this oestrogen loss into account. OZiva HerBones contains plant-based Calcium that has 3x better absorption than synthetic or rock calcium. It also contains ayurvedic herbs like Lodh Bark, Ashoka, and Black Cohosh that will help in restoring oestrogen balance.

Although osteoporosis affects women more, other debilitating conditions including the former can affect everyone. Hence, it is important for each one of us to take care of our bone health and ask our doctors these 10 important questions.

Here is a list of the ten questions you need to ask your doctor regarding bone health or osteoporosis. 

  1. What steps should I take to improve my overall and bone health?
  2. How often should I get tested for bone density?
  3. Will the medicines that I am taking for my other health issues hamper my bone health in any way? If yes, what can be done to manage that?
  4. Are there any dietary and lifestyle changes that I need to make?
  5. How much vitamin D and calcium does my body need daily? 
  6. What exercise should I do to maintain healthy bones?
  7. Which foods should I eat more and what should I avoid?
  8. From where can I get the best plant-based Vitamin D and Calcium supplements
  9. What will happen if I do not treat osteoporosis? 
  10. What sort of footwear should I wear?

Finding the answers to these questions and following your doctor’s advice daily will help you improve your bone health and subsequently the quality of your life. In the interim, exercise regularly, have a diet that is rich in Calcium and Vitamin D3, and opt for plant-based supplements like OZiva Bettr.CalD3+. Such supplements have better absorption than synthetic vitamins and ensure that the ingested calcium is deposited on bones and not elsewhere. In fact, if you wish to understand the role of Calcium and Vitamin D3, watch this video by Dr Ramneek who explains it in everyday language.
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