Friday, August 28, 2009

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is low bone density, or porous bones. Your bones should be dense and solid. There are varying degrees of bone density. Osteoporosis is when the bone density is pathological and you are at a risk for fracture. The type of fracture that is of most concern is a hip fracture. When you have osteoporosis, there is also a higher risk of mortality, high risk of morbidity.

Osteopenia is when there is a decrease in bone density, so you are almost osteoporotic, but you are not quite there yet.

Osteoporosis : Boost your bone bank

The major challenge with osteoporosis is that it presents no symptons and progresses without pain until the person gets a fracture, writes Agnes K. Namaganda.

Osteoporosis may seem like a disease of the old but its prevention starts before old age strikes. Knowledge about it and measures taken before the disease reaches a dangerous stage can go a long way in lessening its effects.

What causes osteoporosis?
The most common cause of osteoporosis is being post menopause. After menopause, a woman's estrogen decreases and with that, you get less of a calcium build-up in your bones. Women, after the age of about 52 (51-52 is the average age of menopause), you may start to see osteoporosis.
Some women have had their ovaries removed, or have had a hysterectomy (sometimes they remove the ovaries, sometimes they take it out), which can happen at any age, often if you have uterine fibroids. These women are also more susceptible to osteoporosis.

It is not common for men to have osteoporosis.
Read more about his at these original articles with parts from above, just click the links below

Lifestyle approaches to improve bone health

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