Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning osteoporosis and oranges.
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Learn about Osteoporosis and Oranges Host: Osteoporosis is Latin for holes in the bones and this is precisely what this disease entails. One in three women and one in eight men can expect their bone density to decrease rapidly as they age. Unfortunately, it often takes a broken bomb to become aware of it. Osteoporotic females often break the necks of their femurs if they have a fold. This is where the bull joints the top of the femur. Osteoporotic men often experience a severe back pain and fractures. A bone density scan can quickly reveal if you are suffering from osteoporosis and how advanced the disease is. If you are female, be sure to have a routine scan around the time of menopause. Pierre Delmas: It’s a major health problem throughout the world not only in western countries but also in Latin America and Asia. And we can say that roughly about 40% of women after the age of 50 will have one or more osteoporotic fractures. Host: One of the tell-tale signs of osteoporosis is weakness and pain in the wrists and hips. If you have trouble picking up or holding pens or other objects, don’t dismiss it. If you experience pain in the hips while seated, it’s time to go for a test. Pierre Delmas: The good news is that we have effective diagnostic tests and we have effective treatments. But the bad news is that the awareness of the disease is still very low so we need to improve this awareness by several means, education of doctors of the public and awareness campaigns. Host: You are more at risk of osteoporosis if you went through early menopause, if you were of a small build, if you have taken steroid based medicines, or if you suffer from kidney disease. As the kidneys create a hormone that is responsible for calcium absorption. Dr. Helen Raphael: In men, fractures of the spine and osteoporosis of the spine is the most common site especially in the younger men. And then for men will get back pain and lose height. And because it is still—as a woman’s disease when they go to the doctors, it tends to be overlooked as a probable osteoporosis problem so diagnosis and treatment tends to be slightly slower in men because it’s not the most commonly sort of thing. Host: It’s not only older people who suffer from osteoporosis, so if you suspect something is wrong, have a bone density scan. It will only take up 20 minutes of your life. Coming in at less than 100 calories per fruit and packed with Vitamin C a dash of Calcium, a splash of Iron and a squirt of Vitamin A, oranges are the perfect between meal snack. Whether a sweet navel or valencia from the USA or a—from Spain, one orange accounts for 90% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. This vitamin is vital for the construction of your skins collagen matrix and to the maintenance of healthy gums. It also helps your body access the iron content in food. Your body is depleted of Vitamin C on a daily basis so make eating oranges a daily habit. Be sure to opt for the whole fruit over the juice. Fiber is a plus in a anyone’s diet. Eating the pit of the orange is especially good for you. The white parts contain all the cancer fighting flavonoids. The skins of Chinese bitter oranges have been used in herbal medicine for hundreds of years to guard against— Doing two little exercise throughout life can lead to osteoporosis. Put on those walking shoes.