Women just accept osteoporosis as a normal consequence of aging, but it doesn’t have to be the case.  Mounds of medical research has shown that these conditions are not in fact caused by aging but rather they are caused by inactivity.  Inactivity causes your bones to become weak and brittle, breaking easily.  There are medications available that can treat the condition but you’re far better off trying to prevent osteoporosis from happening in the first place.  Bone strengthening exercises like yoga can help prevent osteoporosis.  You need to make sure that you get the right nutrition to keep your bones dense.

The popularity of osteoporosis

There are over 40 million women and men who are suffering from osteoporosis or at high risk of developing the condition because of low bone density.  In the early stages there is little or no pain but as the bones get even more brittle and start to break the pain can be severe and disabling.  Fractures and breaks can occur and this is one of the reasons that seniors fall and suffer from broken hips.  For a senior to fall and break bones can result in needing long term care and in extreme cases even death.

Osteoporosis is not the only age related health problem that can increase your risk of falling and breaking bones.  Poor posture, poor balance, poor vision, inner ear problems, poor circulation and medication that can cause vertigo or poor balance, all of these conditions can cause falls.  With low bone density or brittle bones on top of any of those conditions lead to falls and easily broken bones.  Here are some of the risk factors that can affect bone density:

  • Being a woman
  • Smoking
  • Little physical activity
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Previous bone breaks or fractures

How Yoga can Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Yoga is one of the safest and best preventative measures and treatments to combat osteoporosis along with osteopenia.  On top of that anyone can do yoga no matter their age or physical fitness level.  If you do yoga correctly the benefits are many while the risks are very few.  That being said modify the poses as you need and take a class in an accredited yoga studio.

Yoga uses both dynamic loading and static loading as you go through the poses.  It can stimulate the production of synovial fluid which will help you lubricate and nourish your joints.  Yoga also activates chondrocytes  and these are the cells you need to keep your cartilage healthy.