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OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall, or in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.


The word ‘Osteoporosis’ means ‘porous bone.’ When viewed under a microscope, healthy bones have a honeycomb structure. However, bones affected by osteoporosis feature holes and spaces in the honeycomb that are much larger. Osteoporotic bones essentially have lower density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break. To maintain optimum bone health, those above 50 years of age can choose to ask their doctor or healthcare provider for a bone density test.

Symptoms Of Osteoporosis

There are no obvious symptoms that mark the early stages of bone loss. However, once your bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may start showing signs and symptoms that include:

  • A stooped posture

  • Bones that break more easily than expected

  • Loss of height over time

  • Back pain caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra

How To Prevent Osteoporosis?

Genetics have a hand in determining whether an individual has an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. However, lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity levels also additionally influence bone development in the adolescence stage, as well as the rate of bone loss later in life.

 

Bone thinning is a natural process that begins after the mid 20s, and cannot be completely stopped. The thicker one’s bones, the less likely they are to become thin enough to break. Young women in particular need to be aware of their osteoporosis risks; it is imperative that they take steps to slow its progress and prevent fractures.

Adults Should Strive To:

  • Ensure a nutritious diet with adequate calcium intake.

  • Avoid under-nutrition, and particularly the effects of severe weight loss diets and eating disorders.

  • Maintain an adequate supply of vitamin D.

  • Participate in regular weight-bearing activity.

  • Avoid smoking and second-hand smoking.

  • Avoid heavy drinking.

Children and adolescents should strive to:

  • Ensure a nutritious diet with adequate calcium intake.

  • Avoid protein malnutrition and under-nutrition.

  • Maintain an adequate supply of vitamin D.

  • Participate in regular physical activity.

  • Avoid the effects of second-hand smoking.