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Helping Loved Ones Suffering with Osteoporosis

By Dellas Baldelli

Suffering with OsteoporosisWhat Is Osteoporosis?
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bones are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, particularly of the spine, wrists, hip, pelvis and upper arms. Osteoporosis and associated fractures are an important cause of mortality and morbidity. In many affected people, bone loss is gradual and without warning signs until the disease is advanced.

Osteoporosis is also known as “the silent crippler” because a person usually doesn’t know that they have it until it’s too late. Unfortunately, in many cases, the first real “symptom” is a broken bone. Loss of height with gradual curvature of the back (caused by vertebral compression fractures) may be the only physical sign of osteoporosis. However, following is also a list of conditions that could mean you are at a higher risk for bone loss and could easily fracture:
• High levels of serum calcium or alkaline phosphatase on a blood test
• Vitamin D deficiency
• Difficulty getting up from a chair without using your arms to push
• Joint or muscle aches
• A resting pulse greater than 80 beats per minute
• Height loss
• Increasing stooping (curvature of the spine)
• BMD results of -2.5 or less

These symptoms can indicate other health problems as well, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about them to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

How Is Osteoporosis Treated?
Treatment for osteoporosis includes:
• A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D
• An exercise plan
• A healthy lifestyle
• Medications, if needed

Leave the Worrying to Us
This is where Armour Oaks Senior Living can help! You can leave the worrying to us. We work with a nutritionist to make sure you or your loved one has at least 3 balanced meals each day consisting of the recommended vitamins and minerals needed. We have a lovely walking path around a beautifully landscaped pond, which makes exercising fun, especially if you have a friend tag along with you. Lastly, we have a nurse on staff that is ready, able and willing to help monitor any medication needs. At Armour Oaks, we take all the stress off of you, helping you or your loved one get through the day with ease so that quality of life can be the focus!

Join Us for a Tour and Lunch!
To learn more about how Armour Oaks can help you or your loved one, please feel free to stop by or call 816-363-5141 to schedule a personal appointment and tour. Another opportunity to experience our community is by joining us for lunch. We would like to invite you to come see why our residents are so happy here at Armour Oaks Senior Living Community!

Armour Oaks
8100 Wornall Road
Kansas  City, MO 64114

Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation

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