Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, which is widespread in Germany, is an age-related disease of the bones that causes them to become thinner and more porous. The back hurts, the body size decreases and unexplained bone fractures occur more frequently. We at the Saxon State Baths provide an overview of the disease and point out causes, symptoms and risk factors. You will also learn how radon as a natural remedy can have a positive effect on osteoporosis treatment.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease also known as bone loss. The disease is a gradual process that, in most cases, develops in secret and over many years. A diagnosis is usually only made after the first fracture. Anyone who suffers from osteoporosis has to struggle with bones that become increasingly thin and porous.

This often happens in connection with a calcium deficiency. This increases the risk of bone fractures. In addition, the mass, quality and strength of the bones are reduced. The health problems can occur in both men and women of all age groups. However, the risk of developing osteoporosis increases with age.

Symptoms of osteoporosis

Most of the time, the first signs of osteoporosis are not really noticed because they approach quietly and secretly. The following symptoms can be an indication of bone loss:

Pain

Almost every third adult in Germany complains of back pain. Of course, these can also have other causes such as lack of exercise or incorrect posture. However, osteoporosis can also be responsible for the pain. Have long-lasting pain clarified early so that you can act quickly if you become ill. The later the diagnosis occurs, the more the bone loss spreads.

Bone fractures that are difficult to understand

With porous bones, even small amounts of stress are usually enough to break them. It doesn't take more than lifting a heavy bag, supporting it with your hand, a violent movement or a slight stumble for a fracture to occur. Decreasing bone density occurs particularly in the vertebral bodies, femoral neck and hip bones as well as in the upper arm and wrist.

Reduction in height

Due to changes in the spine and various fractures, osteoporosis can lead to a hunched back and a loss of height in the long term. When the disease has advanced to an advanced stage, the spine shortens by up to 30 centimeters. A change in stature can result in hardening of the muscles, overstretching of joint capsules, injuries to the periosteum, chronic pain and restricted movement. All of this can result in bed rest.

Tooth loss

Since the entire skeleton is affected in osteoporosis, ossified root cavities of the teeth and periodontium are not spared. As a result of bone loss, further symptoms such as wobbly teeth or, in the worst case, tooth loss can occur.

Causes of Osteoporosis

It is impossible to find a universal cause of osteoporosis. The reasons for suffering from bone loss are extremely varied and not always understandable. In most cases, several factors play a role. On the one hand, a previous illness, poor diet or too little exercise can be the trigger. It is often related to medications that negatively affect bone remodeling or hormonal changes. However, the most common cause is associated with age.

For people reaching the age of 40, it is normal for bone density and mass to decrease over time. As a rule, the loss amounts to around one percent per year. However, it becomes dangerous when the loss exceeds normal levels and the bone breaks down too quickly.

Bone remodeling is crucial. The human skeleton is living, complex tissue that structures and adapts independently. As bones build up and break down, older tissue is exchanged for new and damaged tissue is replaced in a natural way. If you develop osteoporosis - regardless of your personal trigger - the restructuring processes just described are disrupted. The result is obvious: As soon as bone remodeling is no longer in balance, more bone is gradually broken down than built up. This causes the bone to lose stability and load-bearing capacity. The bone structure then suffers major damage and the bone breaks.

Treatment of osteoporosis with the natural remedy radon

The Wettin spring in the health resort of Bad Brambach is one of the strongest radon sources in the world. Radon is a chemical element and belongs to the group of noble gases. The healing effects of radon have been known for many centuries.

For over 100 years, radon applications have been used to sustainably relieve the pain of various diseases - especially muscular and skeletal diseases. The noble gas is used in low doses and in a targeted manner. When radon decays, high-energy particles are released that can eliminate dysfunction in the human body. Experience has shown that pain relief after a radon treatment lasts up to nine months.

There are five sources containing radon in Bad Brambach, which we offer in the form of bath treatments and drinking treatments. The healing water used for the treatment contains a naturally occurring combination of radon, carbon dioxide and various minerals.

Are you experiencing symptoms of osteoporosis?

Radon – the natural remedy helps!

Radon drinking cure

In addition to bath therapy, the radon drinking treatment also offers effective results. All healing springs that can be found in Bad Brambach contain a variety of minerals and trace elements as well as carbon dioxide and radon. The advantage of drinking is that the dissolved ingredients enter the body directly via the gastrointestinal tract and develop their gentle effect there.

A spa doctor decides on the duration, quantity and timing of mineral water intake. Depending on their mineral composition, the mineral healing springs in Bad Brambach have a positive effect on inflammatory joint problems. They also alleviate problems with digestion, metabolism, kidneys and the urinary tract. Due to its high radon content, the Wettin source is considered the strongest radon source in the world.

Radon bath treatment

Therapy of osteoporosis with radon is particularly suitable for inflammatory rheumatic and degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Skin diseases can also be treated using the healing process. During a radon bath treatment, the mineral healing water is used in eight to twelve baths and targets the body's largest organ - the skin.

Mineral water containing radon has an extraordinarily high proportion of natural carbon dioxide. This promotes blood circulation and expands the vessels. In this way, the radon can be absorbed particularly well through the skin and thus stimulate the cell's own repair mechanism. In addition, some of the radon escapes from the bath water, so you also breathe in the noble gas at the same time.

Diagnosis: osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is usually discovered by chance - possibly during an X-ray of the upper body. The disease can also cause a sudden bone fracture. If you or your doctor are concerned that your symptoms may be due to osteoporosis, there are several examination options available. According to the osteoporosis guidelines of the Osteology Association (DVO), basic diagnostics include the following measures:

History and clinical findings

The treating doctor will find out about your health history and clarify possible risk factors for osteoporosis. He inquires about cases of osteoporosis in the family, weight and height development since adolescence, thyroid disorders and nicotine, alcohol, coffee and tea consumption. Various tests will also be carried out to examine your mobility and tendency to fall. Medical professionals look for evidence of undetected bone fractures.

Osteodensitometry (bone density measurement)

The mineral content of the bones is determined using a bone density measurement of the lumbar spine and thigh bones. Osteodensitometry is a low-radiation X-ray method that only takes a few minutes. The measured values ​​result in a risk profile. What is crucial here is the so-called T-value (T-score), which is compared with the average value of a healthy 30-year-old woman and that of a man.

The results are divided into two categories:

Prevention area:

  • T value at least -1: normal finding
  • T value between -1 and -2,5: osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis)
    • In this area, general measures such as a bone-healthy diet and sufficient exercise are sufficient.

Therapeutic area:

  • T value below -2,5: osteoporosis
  • T value below -2,5: osteoporosis
    • In addition to preventive measures, specific therapies such as radon should also be initiated.

Risk factors of osteoporosis

Genetic factors

female gender (women have lower bone mass than men)
Occurrences of osteoporosis in the family (in parents)
certain genetic defects (mutations)

Age

after the onset of menopause in women
men over 65 years old

Diverse lifestyles

Smoking
excessive alcohol consumption
a low body weight in relation to body size
Vitamin D deficiency
too little exercise and/or sunlight
excessive sporting activity (high-performance sports)
incorrect diet (low in calcium and protein, but rich in phosphate and phytin)

hormonal changes

Hyperthyroidism (in women and men)
Hypogonadism (absence or reduced hormonal activity of the male testicle)
missed or rare menstruation, early menopause, drug suppression of ovarian activity (in women)

Drugs that negatively affect bone metabolism

Cortisone
glucocorticoids
Antiandrogens
antiepileptics
Heparin
Coumarin
Glitazones
Immunosuppressants
Chemotherapy drugs
proton pump inhibitors
Antihormone therapy for prostate cancer

Diseases that promote bone loss:

thyroid disease
Diseases of the digestive tract (celiac disease, Crohn's disease)
Rheumatoid arthritis
Diabetes (type 1)
chronic kidney failure
chronic diarrhea or malabsorption (improper digestion)
Liver diseases
 

Questions about osteoporosis

What happens to bones when osteoporosis occurs?

First, an explanation of how our bones are structured. They are made up of two basic building blocks:

On the one hand, bones must be extremely strong and stable, but on the other hand they must also be elastic and mobile. Bone metabolism is considered a very complex and highly sensitive process. The bones in the human body are constantly remodeling. Construction and dismantling processes take place continuously. Osteoblasts are responsible for building bone and osteoclasts for breaking it down. Until around the age of 35, more bone mass is predominantly built up than lost. After that, a change takes place and the degradation process accelerates with increasing age.

In those affected by osteoporosis, bone loss predominates, which leads to cavities in the bones. These cannot be replenished sufficiently and bone density decreases.

  • A special fabric (matrix) that gives them shape and stability.
  • Various minerals that are stored in the matrix. These primarily include calcium and phosphate, which ensure densification and strengthening of the bone structure.

How should I eat after a diagnosis?

A balanced diet is the key to healthy bones. Because as it is often said: you are what you eat. Above all, the right amounts of vitamins (especially vitamin D), minerals, calcium and protein are crucial. Combined with a physically active life, you can improve the health of your bones and muscles. Don't worry, you don't have to change your entire eating habits completely. It's usually enough to eat consciously and make small changes.

Calcium is known to strengthen bones. In order to optimally care for the bones in your body, you should pay attention to a varied and bone-healthy diet. Osteoporosis patients without specific drug therapy should consume around 1.000 to a maximum of 2.000 milligrams of calcium with their food every day. For better understanding: One liter of milk or 100 grams of hard cheese contains one gram of calcium. However, children, adolescents, premenopausal women and men up to the age of 60 are excluded. If the increased calcium intake cannot be implemented, supplementation in tablet form is recommended.

Prioritize eating foods that support your metabolism. Green vegetables and fruit as well as grain products and potatoes are recommended. Meat, sausage and high-fat foods should only be included in your diet in moderation. The same goes for sugar and salt. It is also particularly important to drink enough fluids. Cook with fresh food and focus on preparing the ingredients carefully.

What forms of osteoporosis are there?

Depending on the cause, the disease is divided into primary and secondary osteoporosis. The primary form covers around 95 percent of cases and develops primarily due to a lack of estrogen, i.e. during the menopause in women. In addition, primary osteoporosis occurs in both men and women as a result of the natural aging process of the bones, with a lack of calcium, vitamin D and lack of exercise. Secondary osteoporosis is very rare and can occur in both sexes. It is usually a result of certain diseases or drug therapies that have a negative effect on bone metabolism.

How high is the number of sick people in Germany?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), osteoporosis is one of the ten most common diseases worldwide and is therefore considered a widespread disease. It is difficult to determine the exact number of people affected because the disease often goes undetected. According to estimates, around 6 million people in Germany suffer from osteoporosis, with over 80 percent being women. There are around 885.000 new illnesses in the Federal Republic every year.

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