Osteoporosis2019-04-29T15:19:14+00:00

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Anyone can get osteoporosis but women are about four times more likely than men to develop it

Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density which can lead to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. In and of itself, Osteoporosis has no symptoms; its main consequence is the increased risk of bone fractures. Osteoporotic fractures occur in situations where healthy people would not normally break a bone; they are therefore regarded as fragility fractures. Typical fragility fractures occur in the vertebral column, rib, hip and wrist. The exact cause of osteoporosis is not known, however the factors that increases the risk of developing osteoporosis include:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Diet low in calcium
  • Lack of exercise
  • People with thin and small body frame
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Women who are postmenopausal
  • Medical conditions, including hyperthyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome and hyperparathyroidism
  • Some medications such as corticosteroids, endometriosis medications, thyroid replacement medications, and antacids containing aluminum may contribute to bone thinning
  • Osteoporosis may cause no symptoms in the early stage of the disease. Later as the condition progresses it may cause the following symptoms:
  • Low back pain and neck pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
  • Dull pain in the bones accompanied by tenderness
  • Loss of the height of the spine giving a stooped posture (dowager hump)
  • Fractures from minimal trauma. Thinning of the bone due to osteoporosis can cause the bone to break easily.

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