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Osteoporosis - What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that will affect a greater percentage of the population as the baby boomers age.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the
bones that leads to fragile bones, higher risk of bone
fractures, specifically hip, spine, and wrist. The disease
is typically decreased bone mass and a deterioration of bone
tissue, which is actually structural.
·Chronic dull pain in lower back or neck
·Loss of height and stooped posture
·A curved upper back (dowager's hump)
·Broken bones (fractures) that might occur with a minor
injury, especially in the hip, spine, and wrist
Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can
be the best defense against developing osteoporosis later.
The average woman has acquired 98% of her skeletal mass by
There are 4 steps to prevent osteoporosis (No one step along
is enough to prevent osteoporosis):
·A balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D
·A healthy lifestyle with no smoking or excessive alcohol intake
·Medication to improve bone density when appropriate.
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