Osteoporosis – What are The Treatment Options?

osteoporosis treatment Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones. As the bones start loosing their usual density they become weaker & are more likely to break. Studies have shown that every one in two women & every one in four men above the age of 50 tend to break bones due to osteoporosis. It can cause serious complications & appropriate measures must be taken to avoid extreme consequences.

There is no exact cure for osteoporosis . The idea of the osteoporosis treatment process is to strengthen the bones in order to protect them. The treatment primarily consists of a combination of drugs and suitable lifestyle changes that help in minimising the rate of bone resorption.

Preventive measures include a modification in the general lifestyle factors, doing more muscle-strengthening exercises and ensuring adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D.The medications used for osteoporosis treatment are anti-resorptive agents. Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of resorption in the bones overtakes the rate of bone formation. The anti-resorptive agents intend to inhibit the rate of resorption to put things back to a balanced state.

Drugs are the most aggressive way to hinder bone loss. Bisphosphonates are the most commonly seen osteoporosis curing drugs. They decrease the risk of hip, wrist and spine fracture for those who are affected with osteoporosis. The different types of bisphosphonates used are alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva), risedronate (Actonel) & zoledronic acid (Reclast). The side effects of these drugs can range from acid reflux to nausea and they can even cause damage to the bones in the jaw. To reduce these side effects & to enhance the absorption of the medicine all bisphosphonates taken orally should be taken on an empty stomach in the morning, at least 30 minutes before breakfast.

For those people who are unable to tolerate bisphosphonates, hormones can be used as an alternative source of osteoporosis treatment. For Post-menopausal women who are usually at a very high risk of osteoporosis because of the dip in the levels of protective estrogen production, Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERMs) like Raloxifene (Evista) do the job of bone-preservation to a certain extent. Thyrocalcitonin is a hormone that helps in regulating the calcium levels in the body. Synthetic thyrocalcitonin or calcitonin (Fortical, Miacalcin) is available as nasal spray or as injection. But the hormone treatment can increase risks of stroke, blood clots, breast cancer and heart attack. So, it is only used as a second or third line of defence for the patients.

osteoporosis-treatment-hipOne way to slow down the rate of bone loss is to add ample amounts of calcium and vitamin D in the diet. Calcium-rich foods like soy products, dairy products, grains, fresh green vegetables and breads can prove to be very helpful in terms building stronger bones.

Last but not the least, exercising is probably the most intriguing, positive way to take on the this complex disorder. Exercising not only helps in lessening the rate of bone loss & increase bone density, it improves physical posture, body balance & overall health. Exercises like weight training, walking, jogging or biking can act as a boost for the entire body including the bones.

These lifestyle changes & treatments can work together to produce the desired results. The patient would be well advised to discuss these things in detail with the doctor, weigh the hazards & the benefits and come up with an osteoporosis treatment plan that works best.

The Seven Major Benefits of PVC Cladding

 

Low Maintenance

 

Duratuff-Close-up-300x256With PVC cladding, you’ll never have to worry about repairing or repainting your weatherboards again. Unlike other materials, PVC cladding has been proven to be perfectly suited for Australian conditions, where weather conditions can go from one extreme to the other in a single day. Wood can warp, crack, dislocate, peel or collapse in certain weather, but PVC cladding can survive the Australian summer, torrential storms and bitterly cold nights while retaining its shape and condition.

As well as being durable without being brittle, PVC cladding does not fade in colour the way other materials do. Instead of a layer of paint coating the outside, the manufacturing process means that the colour remains consistent throughout the PVC. This also means that there are none of the colour inconsistences that can occur with external painting.

 

Versatility

 

The modular nature of PVC cladding means more versatility and a larger number of weatherboard projects that can be completed. PVC cladding can be applied both vertically and horizontally, and have a minimum of joins. The unique Windlock 180 system results in a more secure application and a tighter fit. Due to their flexible utility, PVC cladding can be used in domestic homes, offices, showrooms, swimming pools, hospitality, entertainment centres, trade workshops and many other places. The simple application and adjustment of PVC cladding also make them ideal for DIY home improvement projects.

 

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Better Insulation

 

Our PVC cladding comes with CFC free foam insulation built right into the cladding, reducing the cost of both materials and labour. This potentially means that you no longer have to bother with the hassle of installing internal insulation inside the walls. PVC cladding insulation will cool your house in the summer and warm it in the winter, resulting in a more comfortable temperature and a lower air conditioning bill.

 

Long Lasting

 

PVC cladding is warrantied for up to 50 years, decades more than other conventional weatherboard materials. This covers all sorts of extreme weather conditions, and has been tested to withstand winds up to 288 km/h. As mentioned above, little to no maintenance is required during its 50-year lifespan and will retain its colour and shape. PVC cladding is also resistant to crush and impact situations A rolled over nailing hem adds strength and stability, and smoothes out wall irregularities. So the odd bump or collision won’t crack, split or damage the tough vinyl surface.

 

Variety / Aesthetics

 

There are 200 color and texture combinations available for our PVC weatherboards, with a wide variety of aesthetically pleasing tones and shades. PVC cladding of decades past had a reputation for looking cheap and artificial, but modern vinyl cladding uses a low-gloss, wood grain finish that makes it indistinguishable from painted wood cladding. And unlike wood cladding, the tone and vibrance of the colour won’t fade over time.

 

Environmentally Friendly

 

Research indicates that external wall cladding is the most important variable element in the environmental impact of a residential construction. The sourcing of the materials used and their manufacture, the lifespan of the cladding and its potential to be recycled all determine how environmentally friendly a cladding material is. PVC cladding has been proven to a lower environmental impact than metal and other plastic claddings, and is far more durable and recyclable than wooden cladding. PVC requires lower processing temperatures, resulting in lower energy consumption during manufacture. Leftover materials are also recycled back into the next manufacturing process. At the end of their long 50 year lifespan, PVC cladding can also be 100% recycled, unlike wood that rots and metal that corrodes.

 

Fire Safety

 

Due to the chlorine base, PVC cladding does not ignite quickly and is inherently flame retardant. PVC has far higher flame resistance than traditional timber framing, and ignites at temperatures 127 degrees higher than wood. According to the Standard Test Method for Surface of Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source, PVC has a one of the lowest radiant panel index’s. This means that not only does PVC have high resistance to combustion, it does not emit a large amount of energy when it burns and will not readily spread flames on its own.