In America over 10 million people suffer from osteoporosis over 34 million people have low bone mass. One out of four men and one out of two women over 50 will suffer from osteoporosis each year. Each year over 75,000 men have a hip fracture of these 75,000 one-third of them will die within the year. Osteoporosis can occur at any age. For over 44 million Americans Osteoporosis is a major heath risk 68% of whom are women. Many people ask the following questions:
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease which is caused by a weakness in the bone. This causes bones to break easily and is often the cause of breaks in the wrist, spine and hip.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
The causes of Osteoporosis differ by person. Common causes of Osteoporosis include:
• Gender- Women are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis than men.
• Age- The older you are the more at risk you are of Osteoporosis.
• Body Size- Smaller people are more likely to suffer from this disease.
• Family History
• Activity Levels
• Calcium and vitamin D Intake.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis:
Osteoporosis is what people like to call the “silent disease” due to the fact that there are no signs of bone loss. There may be no sign of it whatsoever unless a bone is broken.
How can Osteoporosis be prevented?
This is a question often asked at younger ages to prevent Osteoporosis from taking over your bones. A few key steps in making sure your bone stay healthy are:
• Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
• Exercise Daily
• Do not drink or smoke in excess.
When exercising be sure to participate in activities that will strengthen your bones and keep them in there best condition. Eating the following foods can also help prevent Osteoporosis:
• Low-Fat Milk
• Low-Fat Cheese
• Low-Fat Yogurt
• Orange Juice with added Calcium
• Cereals with added Calcium
• Bread with added Calcium
How is Osteoporosis Diagnosed?
One simple test called the Bone Mineral Density Test or the DXA can check many factors of your bones such as:
• Checks Bone Strength
• Diagnose Osteoporosis
• Check if treatments are working properly.
How is Osteoporosis treated?
Osteoporosis can be treated by doing the following:
• Eating a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
• Daily Exercise
• Medications (If needed.)
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