Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become fragile, weak and brittle from loss of tissue. It occurs when bones lose their strength and density and they can fracture more easily. Osteoporosis is typically a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. This disorder owes to loss of calcium and other mineral components, sometimes resulting in pain and decreased height. Skeletal deformities is another consequence of osteoporosis and is quite common in older persons, primarily postmenopausal women.


Osteoporosis particularly affects women after menopause and in their later years, although some men are also affected. Osteoporosis in children is rare. It is usually the result of a chronic health condition such as asthma or cystic fibrosis that is treated with long-term corticosteroid medications. Anticonvulsant drugs may also interfere with calcium and vitamin D metabolism, leading to weak bones.



Genes can play a big role in the risk of developing osteoporosis. For instance, studies show that if your parents had a history of bone fractures, you're more likely to have weaker bones and a higher risk of fractures yourself. The risk of getting osteoporosis is also higher if other family members, like aunts or siblings, had it too. A genetic risk for osteoporosis can be inherited from either your mother or father.

Bone Density Denstiny

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How to prevent Osteoporosis

About half of all women over 50, and about one out of every four men, will have bone breakages caused by osteoporosis. Key ways to prevent osteoporosis are having a healthy diet, exercising and a healthy lifestyle. Foods that will help prevent osteoporosis are yoghurt, low-fat or non-fat milk, soy milk, rice milk, cheese, dark green leafy vegetables, fruit, nuts and many more foods. All these items contain at least one of these three main vitamins and minerals that are vital in overthrowing osteoporosis: calcium, protein and vitamin D. Physical activity and a healthy diet with these key food items and vitamins and minerals, will help you tame the beast that is osteoporosis.

Food Items with Calcium

Foods with Protein

Foods with Vitamin D

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients

Crust:

1 3/4 cups hobnobs (no chocolate)

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

115g melted salted butter


Filling:

3 (225g) packages cream cheese, at room temperature

1 (425g) can pureed pumpkin

3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/4 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method

Preheat oven to 180˚C. Spray 9-inch springform pan.


For crust:

In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.


For filling:

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.


Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place in oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes.


Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.

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