Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by low bone density, which increases the risk of fractures. If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you may be wondering what treatment options are available and how functional medicine can help. In this blog post, we will discuss the different treatments for osteoporosis and why functional medicine is an effective approach for managing the disease.
Treatments for Osteoporosis
The primary goal of osteoporosis treatment is to reduce your chances of having a fracture or other injury related to the condition. Depending on your unique circumstances, treatment may include lifestyle changes, medications, calcium and vitamin D supplements, or a combination of these approaches.
Lifestyle Changes – Lifestyle changes are an important part of managing your osteoporosis. Regular weight-bearing exercise such as walking or running helps to strengthen bones and improve balance and coordination. Eating a healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D also helps to maintain bone health. It’s also important to limit alcohol consumption as excessive drinking can lead to weakened bones.
Medications – For more severe cases of osteoporosis, medications may be prescribed in order to slow down bone loss and reduce the risk of fractures. Some common medications used to treat osteoporosis are bisphosphonates such as Fosamax, Actonel, and Boniva; hormones such as parathyroid hormone (PTH); denosumab (Prolia); raloxifene (Evista); teriparatide (Forteo), and calcitonin (Miacalcin). These medications work by helping your body absorb more calcium from food sources or supplement pills while slowing down bone breakdown at the same time.
Functional Medicine Approach – Functional medicine takes into account all aspects of a patient’s life including diet, lifestyle habits, environmental factors, physical activity level and more when assessing how best to treat conditions like osteoporosis. Many practitioners believe that treating underlying causes rather than just symptoms is key when it comes to effectively managing chronic conditions like this one.
By focusing on underlying causes like nutrient deficiencies or hormonal imbalances that could contribute to low bone density you can target specific areas that need improvement in order to manage your condition long-term without relying solely on medication or supplements alone. This holistic approach can help optimize overall health while improving quality of life for those with chronic conditions like osteoporosis in the long-term.
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects millions of people around the world each year. It is characterized by low bone density which increases the risk of fractures among other serious injuries if left untreated. While there are many traditional treatments available such as lifestyle changes, medications, and calcium/vitamin D supplements; functional medicine offers an additional option for those looking for a holistic approach to managing their condition over time without relying solely on medication or supplements alone. By taking into account all aspects of your life including diet, lifestyle habits, environmental factors etc., functional medicine practitioners focus on treating underlying causes rather than just symptoms in order to promote long-term health overall while improving quality of life for those affected by chronic conditions such as osteoporosis. If you’re interested in learning more about how functional medicine could help with your osteoporosis management plan please speak with your doctor today!