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OSTEOPENIA AND BACK PAIN…

Osteopenia is when your bones are weaker than normal and your bone density is lower than the average adult, but not so far gone that they break easily, which is the hallmark of osteoporosis. Your bones are usually at their densest when you’re about 30. Osteopenia, if it happens at all, usually occurs after age 50. The exact age depends on how strong your bones are when you’re young. If they’re hardy, you may never get osteopenia. If your bones aren’t naturally dense, you may get it earlier.

Losing bone density is a normal part of ageing. This happens at different rates in different people. In fact, many people have osteopenia in later life as their bones get older. It could also be due to genetics, medication taken for a different condition or having naturally smaller denser bones.

Osteopenia is considered a chronic condition, but it affects everyone differently. While some people with osteopenia may struggle to complete daily tasks without experiencing intense back pain or injuring a bone, other people don’t even realize they have this condition. 

UCF Health writes that “back pain is common in people who have osteopenia because the spine loses its bone density, which makes it more difficult to support the body. Without strong spine support, the body struggles to hold itself up to walk or to sit in an upright position.

There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you might have signs and symptoms that include: Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra. Loss of height over time.

Having osteopenia does increase your chances of developing osteoporosis which then increases the risk of fractures. Chronic low back pain patients have an increased incidence of osteopenia and osteoporosis. 

If your mother or grandmother suffered from osteoporosis (we all know someone who does), you can also start to see the signs of osteopenia between the ages of 30 and 40, when bone loss gradually starts.

Bone density is measured with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). DEXA is an imaging test that uses X-rays to determine whether you have healthy bones, osteopenia or osteoporosis. It provides a score called a T-score:

  • +1 to –1 indicates normal bone density.
  • –1 to –2.5 indicates osteopenia.
  • –2.5 or lower means osteoporosis.

DEXA gives healthcare providers a “baseline measurement.” That means they can compare the current test results to future results to determine whether bone density decreases over time.

There’s no cure for osteopenia, but it’s important to look after your bone density as much as possible. Treatment involves a simple approach to keep your bones as healthy and strong as possible and prevent it from turning into osteoporosis.

Source: UCF Health Cleveland Clinic Web MD

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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT WE CAN TAKE TO HELP US SLEEP…

What do you take to help you sleep?

I have probably covered most things on Sleep Sunday so it’s quite difficult to find something genuine to write about that might help your sleepless night become a good one so I decided to write today on herbal/natural sleep aids and also gummies which I truly found helped me get through some tough nights.

Melatonin is a hormone that plays a key part in regulating your natural body clock. You can take a manmade version of melatonin for short-term sleep problems (insomnia). It makes you fall asleep quicker and less likely to wake up during the night. It can also help with symptoms of jetlag. Studies have shown that melatonin improves sleep quality, particularly in the elderly. Melatonin is used to treat sleep problems in people aged 55 and over. It can sometimes be prescribed to help with sleep problems in children and to prevent headaches in adults. Melatonin is available on prescription only. It comes as slow-release tablets and a liquid that you drink.

Take Valerian as it is thought to have a sedative effect. Studies have shown that the root of the valerian makes getting to sleep easier and increases a deeper sleep. For thousands of years, the herb valerian has been used as a sedative in Europe and Asia. Many people throughout the world use it to treat insomnia and anxiety. It seems to give people better-quality sleep. It may also help them fall asleep faster.

Eat more leeks and onions or garlic and artichokes as they contain prebiotic fibres that fuel the healthy bacteria in our gut and can have a profound effect on our health and sleep.

Try a herbal remedy with hops, passionflower and Valerian.

A handful of other studies looking at clinical models also suggest that chamomile tea may help people relax. Sleep Tea – by Niche Tea has a chamomile and lavender blend that naturally eases tension, while the lemon blam creates a mile tranquilising effect. Sweet Dreams Tea – by Infinitea which has soft camomile and sweet apple notes, tempered with light mint. A luxury medley of flavours which include Apple, Lavender, Camomile, St. John’s wort, Lemon balm, Licorice, Fennel, Peppermint, Valerian, Natural flavours (organic compliant).

Lavender which has been around for years and years but of course is not something you can digest but again is available in tea form or you can use drops on your pillow, lavender eye masks, sprays for your pillow and even diffusers.

And The Mail recently wrote that “There is some evidence from good quality clinical trials that some herbal remedies can improve sleep. Saffron extract, passionflower and ashwagandha root have all been studied. ‘The effects weren’t huge, but there were no increased adverse reactions,’ says Dr Selsick. ‘So they’re worth trying.’ Also available in pharmacies and health-food shops are supplements such as valerian (aka ‘nature’s Valium’) and magnesium, which is an essential mineral for health. A magnesium deficiency is thought to cause restless sleep.”

I have recently found SureSleep from the company DNA to really help me sleep better. I would normally wake up several times with pain and then find it difficult to get back to sleep but these have really helped me settle down and go back to sleep again. Each capsule contains 400mg SureSleep (Prunus Cerasus, Rhodiola Rosea, Valerian Root).

Source: Niche, Infinitea NHS Web MD DNA

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Child Abuse Prevention Month — Fightmsdaily…

I missed these Awareness details from my usual monthly awareness days/month so thank you to Fight MS Daily for reminding us of it.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month was first observed 39 years ago by proclamation by President Ronald Reagan. Since 1983, every April has been an opportunity to learn signs of child abuse and ways to prevent this from continuing to happen. Through this post, I am going to explain the different forms of abuse innocent children […]

Child Abuse Prevention Month — Fightmsdaily