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Osteoporosis - What You Need to Know
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As you get older, your bones start to get more fragile and delicate. This makes them more susceptible to breaking which can mean long recovery times and a lifetime spent on pain medications.

While bones naturally get more fragile as they age, Osteoporosis is a disease that can accelerate the degeneration of the bones that makes them more fragile and more likely to break. People with Osteoporosis are more likely to break their hips, spine, and wrists.

Osteoporosis affects both men and women at every age, but women over the age of 40 are the most likely to be impacted by Osteoporosis. To help you better understand Osteoporosis, the team at SeniorHousing.net has put together this quick guide about the disease to ensure that you have all the information you need to manage your Osteoporosis.

Causes of Osteoporosis

Many of the things that cause Osteoporosis are actually risk factors that just make you more likely to develop Osteoporosis. Some of the risk factors can be managed and changed, but others cannot.

Risk factors that you can influence and change include:

  • Drinking too much alcohol causing bone loss and broken bones
  • Smoking which is bad for bone health
  • Lack of regular exercise and activity causing weak bones
  • Using medications that increase your risk for Osteoporosis
  • Not consuming enough Vitamin D and Calcium
  • Low estrogen and/or testosterone levels
  • Eating disorders like Anorexia Nervosa

Risk factors that you cannot influence or change include:

  • Gender: Women are more likely to develop Osteoporosis
  • Age: As you age you are more likely to develop Osteoporosis
  • Body size: People with smaller bodies are more susceptible to developing Osteoporosis
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian and Asian women are more likely to develop Osteoporosis than African-American women or Hispanic women
  • Family history of Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis usually runs in families, so if people in your family usually develop Osteoporosis, you are more likely to develop it too

Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a nearly impossible disease to detect. Bone is usually lost due to Osteoporosis with little to no symptoms and you won’t usually notice you have bone loss until you break a bone and it is too late.

Diagnosing Osteoporosis

Diagnosing Osteoporosis is pretty easy. All you have to do is go to your doctor and get a bone density test. This test can tell you how strong your bones are, check the density of your bones, and then your doctor can suggest treatments to help improve that density.

Treating Osteoporosis

Typical treatments for Osteoporosis include getting enough Vitamin D and Calcium in your diet, regular exercise, medications if your doctor thinks you need them, and a healthy lifestyle.

Preventing Osteoporosis

Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed way to prevent Osteoporosis but you can slow down bone loss and prevent breaks by eating a good diet, regularly exercising, limiting alcohol intake, stopping any smoking, and being cautious about preventing falls.

What to Do if You Have Osteoporosis

If you have already been diagnosed with Osteoporosis, you should work with your doctor to develop a course of action to help manage the bone loss. This can include developing a nutrition plan, using a cane or walker to prevent falls, starting physical therapy, taking vitamin supplements, wearing orthopedic shoes to prevent falls and improve balance, and more.

Source: www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/osteoporosis/osteoporosis_ff.asp

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