If you or a loved one has osteoporosis, there are several treatment modalities available. Vitamin D3 supplementation is often the first line of treatment for patients with osteoporosis, low bone mass or those who have sustained an osteoporotic fracture. Vitamin D deficiency is frequently observed in a high percentage of patients with hip fractures. On the other hand, in patients older than 65 years of age, sufficient levels of vitamin D improves –
- bone strength and mineralization
- lower extremity muscle strength
- gait speed
- performance and balance
- reduction in falls
About 1000 international units (IU) vitamin D3 daily is recommended.
Along with vitamin D3, Calcium citrate or calcium carbonate can also be prescribed. Total calcium intake recommendations are 1,000 mg to 1,200 mg per day in the form of diet and supplementation. However, higher dosages may be prescribed for certain populations. The safe upper limit is 2,000 mg total per day.
Other recommendations for patients suffering from osteoporosis are –
- regular weight-bearing activity
- muscle strengthening activities, such as walking and yoga
- fall prevention strategies
- reducing alcohol consumption, as it increases the likelihood of falls and has a negative effect on bone quality
Your orthopedic surgeon will consider your medical history, lifestyle, risk factors, diagnostic imaging tests and other details to design a comprehensive treatment plan for you.
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