Osteopenia Prevention

Osteopenia prevention is within your power. Keeping your bones strong well into old age is something that most of us can do if we follow a bone healthy life style. For many of us that will mean making a few small changes in our daily habits.

These are not difficult habits to acquire. If you add one a week by the end of the month you will have acquired bone building habits and the likelihood of you suffering a fracture as you age will be less than it is for most people. Even if you have already been diagnosed with Osteopenia, these habits will be of use in preventing further bone loss.

First, you need to understand that your body automatically keeps in chemical balance - that means it is neither too acidic nor too alkaline. 

Our modern diet tend to be acidic in nature. As a result  our bodies automatically draw alkaline  minerals such as calcium from our bones to keep 'homeostasis' - neither too acidic or too alkaline.  

This automatic removal of calcium from where it is stored in our bones can lead to our developing  the 'thin bones' of Osteopenia and, in some cases, the  'porous bones of Osteoporosis. 

What is the solution? Change a few of our eating habits so that  we have a acid-alkaline  balance.    See: Osteopenia Prevention diet                                                          

Second area for Osteopenia prevention

The second big area for preventing bone loss can be found in our daily activity. Our ancestors were 'hunter gatherers'. This meant that they walked more than 10 miles each day,  bending and reaching for fruits and nuts as they walked. They also carried things. They worked in teams to run down game.

Their was a physically active life style that put stress on their bones each day.  Such stress is one of the things that stimulates bone growth. Osteoporosis and Osteopenia prevention was built into every day life.

For those of us living today life is very different. We do not walk long distances carrying packs of our possessions. Many of us tend to eat a highly acidic diet which increases bone loss. See: Daily diet and Osteopenia, Osteoporosis

We need to plan to prevent  Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. If we do not makea plan and act on it, we are likely to experience so much bone loss that our risk for fracture rises with each year.

One of the important areas for our Prevention plan is exercise. Not just any exercise. We need to do specific bone density exercises several times a week. 

If you wish to read of more ways to build strong bones, prevent bone loss and reverse Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, do read this page: Ways to prevent and reverse Osteopenia