Frequently Asked Question

What Are the Symptoms of Osteoporosis?

You may feel a dull pain in your bones or muscles at the onset of the disease. But for most people, the first indication that they have osteoporosis is a fracture. These fractures may cause a loss of height, and you may notice your spine starting to hunch forward. The problem is, when these things happen, osteoporosis is already in its advanced stages.

What Causes Osteoporosis?

There are many factors that contribute to and exacerbate the onset of osteoporosis. They include: Diet,Activity level,Low sex hormones ,Medical conditions (including intestinal problems and kidney disease),Medications (such as glucocorticoids),Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption

How can I prevent weak bones?

The best way to prevent weak bones is easy―start by building strong ones. Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence is the best defence against getting osteoporosis later. Building strong bones at a young age will lessen the effects of the natural bone loss that starts around age 30. As you get older, your bones don’t make new bone quickly enough to keep up with the bone loss. And after menopause, bone loss increases more quickly. But there are steps you can take to stop your bones from becoming weak and brittle.

Do men get osteoporosis?

Before the 1990s, we used to think only women got osteoporosis. Now we know that men also have to worry about weak bones. In fact, one in four men over age 50 will suffer a fracture caused by osteoporosis. But women are still four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis because of the loss of estrogen at menopause. Estrogen blocks or slows down bone loss.

Why does osteoarthritis hurt?

The cartilage is not innervated. So it is not that which “hurts”. The pain comes from the surrounding tissues that are innervated and are also affected by osteoarthritic lesions: the synovial membrane, the subchondral bone, the ligaments and the tendons. The pain information starts in the nerve endings present in these tissues. It then travels via the nerves to the spinal cord and up to the brain which triggers the sensation of pain.

How does osteoarthritis evolve?

The evolution of osteoarthritis is unpredictable.
Osteoarthritis can develop: very slowly, over several decades; very quickly with complete loss of cartilage in one or two years; over a more or less long period, interspersed with “inflammatory flare-ups” or “acute painful episodes” during which the destruction of the cartilage accelerates

Is obesity a risk factor for osteoarthritis?

Obesity is a risk factor for osteoarthritis in joints that bear the weight of the body (knee, hip). Mechanical overload is not the only cause because obesity is also a risk factor for localised osteoarthritis of the fingers

Should the joint be rested during an acute painful episode?

During an acute painful episode, resting the joint limits cartilage degradation and is associated with an anti-inflammatory treatment for the inflammation and pain.

Can I take Vitamin D3 during pregnancy?

Yes, but always seek advice from your Health Practitioner before taking any supplements. Vitamin D helps you regulate calcium and phosphate levels in the body

Is Vitamin D3 superior to Vitamin D2?

The healthy debate continues on this topic. In our opinion, the published research suggests Vitamin D3 is superior

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