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What is Osteoporosis?

Posted by on October 14, 2014

Managing Bone Disorders

Osteoporosis is a disorder that causes the weakening of bones. You can usually point out a senior with this disorder because they look especially frail or have a hunched over posture. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments out there to reduce symptoms and stop bones from weakening.

Typically, our bones are constantly changing. Parts of it weaken and are absorbed by our bodies, while we build up new replacement tissues. This process keeps our bones strong and able to bear weight. When our bodies don’t creation enough new tissues to keep up with the disintegrated bone, they have Osteoporosis. Weak bones could lead to the need for surgery or a knee replacement.

The main ways to prevent bone disease are having a healthy diet, getting plenty of calcium intake, and exercising regularly. Exercise that puts weight on your bones, in fact, is proven to keep people from developing disorders. This includes running, dancing, and weight training.

Causes

Some of the causes of Osteoporosis are inevitable. Age, genetics, being a woman, and body frame size are all contributors to bone issues. Furthermore, the amount of bone mass you accumulate in your younger years can be a factor in developing disease. The more bone mass you build up in your youth, the less you will have to build up as a senior. This leaves you some wiggle room when your body is unable to replace deteriorated bones quickly.

Symptoms

The main symptoms of Osteoporosis are aches and pains. Because this disease mainly affects the hips, wrists, and spine, these are areas subject to discomfort. People with Osteoporosis also suffer height loss, difficult standing up straight, and frequent fractures.

Treatment

If you are experiencing symptoms, see a doctor immediately. They will likely test you taking an x-ray of your wrist, hips, and spine- a completely painless procedure. Once you are diagnosed, hormone therapy, pills, and/or a lifestyle change can prevent symptoms from getting worse and restore health to your bones.

For more information on Osteoporosis, visit this website.

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