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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a kind of bone disease, which mainly occurs when the creation of new bone does not keep up with the loss of old bone or the body loses too much bone or makes too little bone. The hips, spine, ribs, and wrists are common areas where bone fractures from Osteoporosis occur, although fractures related to Osteoporosis can occur in any skeletal bone.
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Overview

  • Osteoporosis is a kind of bone disease, which mainly occurs when the creation of new bone does not keep up with the loss of old bone or the body loses too much bone or makes too little bone. 
  • Osteoporosis means porous bones that are visible under a microscope. Healthy bones look like a honeycomb, but when Osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the bones are much larger than in healthy bone.  
  • Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, so weak that a fall or mild stresses, such as coughing or bending over, can induce a severe fracture. 
  • Bones affected by Osteoporosis can cause fracture with relatively minor injuries that generally does not cause a bone to fracture. The fracture can either be in the form of cracking (hip fracture) or collapsing (compression fracture of the vertebrae of the spine). 
  • The hips, spine, ribs, and wrists are common areas where bone fractures from Osteoporosis occur, although fractures related to Osteoporosis can occur in any skeletal bone.
  • Medications, a healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise, can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.
  • Without proper treatment, Osteoporosis can worsen because bones get weaker and thinner, the risk of fracture increases.
  • The Primary Risk factor of Osteoporosis is age, as growing with age causes bones to become more fragile.
  • Another risk factor is Menopause in women around the ages of 45 to 55 years, as a change in hormonal level can cause a woman’s body to lose bone even more quickly.

Symptoms

Osteoporosis progresses slowly, and a person may not even know that they have it until they experience a break or fracture after a minor incident, such as a fall.

Generally, there are no signs and symptoms in the early stages of Osteoporosis or bone loss.

But the patient may experience:

  • Receding Gums
  • Weakened Grip Strength
  • Weak and Brittle Nails

But once Osteoporosis has weakened the bones, the patient might have signs and symptoms that include:

  • If a break appears in the spinal vertebrae, it can lead to changes in posture, a stoop, and spine curvature.
  • Loss of height over time
  • A stooped posture
  • A fragile bone that breaks much more quickly than expected

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