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Osteoporosis can be a frightening name for many people. Females know about this process because they have been told for decades that they're most at risk. An entire generation continues to be brought up on concepts about building strong bones and fearing osteoporosis. But the misconceptions about osteoporosis often do not match the reality.

Consider that we have always been told that osteoporosis was brought on from a deficiency of calcium in our diets. In reality, there is data available that shows this is simply not the case. Take, for example, Singapore, where calcium consumption is approximately 600 mg/day compared to the U.S. where calcium is approximately 1000 mg/day. Regardless of this, Singapore has only 10 percent of the hip fracture rate as does the U.S. People of Hong Kong consume about 400-500 mg/day, yet they have 30 percent the fracture rate of the U.S. In Finland, they ingest 1400-1500 mg/day of calcium and have 50 percent less hip fractures compared to the U.S. Using this data, there isn't any doubt that increased calcium intake does not by itself mean a reduction in hip fractures. Yet the dairy industry, antacid producers, vitamin companies, and most health care practitioners continue to pushing individuals to consume more calcium supplements.

An article from "Medscape" offers exercise as a possible solution to preventing osteoporosis. Since the body reacts to exercise by strengthening areas used, using the bones through exercise can prevent bone loss. When asked what type of exercise to do, experts suggest that it be an exercise that the person enjoys. This way they are more likely to continue.

From a chiropractic standpoint, we also understand that it is the innate healing ability of the body that has to adapt and strengthen the bones. With this in mind, we also understand that a properly functioning nervous system is essential for both function and adaptability. It is, therefore, a good idea to keep your spine free of nervous interference (subluxation) and give your body the best chance to adapt normally and healthily.

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