As you all know, Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune basically means our own cells attack parts of our own body, such as the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, and lungs.
Those with an Autoimmune disease are at higher risk of developing secondary conditions, such as osteoporosis.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a metabolic condition where the bones become weakened and at risk for fracture. Fractures from osteoporosis can lead to debilitation.
Surprisingly, in the United States alone, more than 53 million people already have osteoporosis or are at risk due to significant bone loss.
Risk factors of osteoporosis include:
- Thin or small frame
- Family history
- Poor dietary intake of calcium
- Leaky gut
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Medications such as synthroid, asthma, glucocorticosteroid, etc.
- Medical conditions such as Lupus
Osteoporosis can go undetected for a very long time until a fracture occurs so it’s a good idea to get yearly bone density checks if you have Lupus.
Holistic Prevention and Treatment Strategies
A well-balanced, Alkaline diet rich in calcium and vitamins D and K is important for healthy bones.
Dark green vegetables, which are alkalizing to the body, also provide good source of calcium.
Also, because Lupus patients typically are told to avoid the sun, it’s extremely important to make sure to get enough Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is highly recommended for any Lupus patient and I advise you get the levels checked every 3 months.
Our bones need to be stimulated with resistive, weight bearing exercises to make them strong. Examples of weight bearing exercises include walking, hiking, or climbing stairs.
Examples of resistive exercises include certain postures in Yoga, as well as working with weights.
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Living healthy is a mindset shift. Because osteoporosis is a metabolic disorder, we need to think about the big picture.
Osteoporosis is not just about the bones, but the overall health of all your body organs working synergistically together to harmonize all metabolic and detoxifying functions.
This means making the right choices to support our health in all that we do, including being “present” and creating thoughts that help us to heal.
This alignment in mind, body, and spirit helps us to shift into healing in all aspects of our being.
As many of you know, I’m not a big advocate of medications but I do believe that in some cases the benefits outweigh the risks.
It’s important to get bone density testing regularly to determine your T score, which is an indicator for the severity of osteoporosis.
There’s levels where the fracture risk is so high that often, doctors want to opt for medical intervention through the use of medication.
There are times and phases in our lives where our efforts are enough to reverse or prevent disease.
But there are other times where the threshold for disease is far beyond what our efforts can reach, so we have to look for more medical intervention.
Our work is for those of us who take the opportunity to help themselves.
At times though we get too far beyond what we can do for ourselves. This would be a discussion you can have with your Doctor about your options.
Bone Density Testing
Most insurances will pay for bone density checks every two years. It’s in your best interest to get the bone density done to see how you are progressing.
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It’s important to remember that we are at increased risk to develop secondary medical conditions.
So let’s stay focused and get clear about what we need to do.
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