Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a growing cause of concern for both older men and women. While you may have heard of the disease, not everyone knows just what osteoporosis is, or what to do about it. In this month’s blog, I will explain the nature of osteoporosis and detail the screening, diagnosis, and treatment needed to deal with the disease.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis 1Osteoporosis causes one’s bones to become fragile and brittle, making it easier to suffer broken bones.  When one’s body fails to form enough new bone, when too much existing bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both, the bones become fragile and osteoporosis sets in. This disease is especially prevalent in older women. Studies from the International Osteoporosis Foundation show that Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90.

The reduction of estrogen that occurs in a woman’s body during menopause is directly related to the development of osteoporosis.

Read more about menopausal osteoporosis

This disease affects men too, especially those with a history of calcium related disorders, smoking, and alcohol abuse.

Click here for Osteoporosis Information from PubMed Health

Osteoporosis is common! Check out these Osteoporosis statistics from cdc.gov:

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Click here to see new Osteoporosis statistics findings from the National Osteoporosis Foundation

What To Do About Osteoporosis

The United States Preventative Services Task Force recommends screening for Osteoporosis in women aged 65 years or older. Your doctor can give you an Osteoporosis screening with a bone mineral density scan, or take an x-ray to determine the extent of Osteoporosis damage.

Those diagnosed with Osteoporosis can benefit from regular diet and exercise and taking calcium and vitamin D. Osteoporosis treatment may include the prescription of certain medicines like bisphosphonates and estrogens.

Some patients even benefit from balance training practices such as tai chi and yoga.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation has a wealth of information about the disease for people of all ages. Click here to check it out!

Strong bones, happy life

While Osteoporosis usually affects people later in life, taking the right actions now can significantly reduce your risk of developing the disease. Regular exercise, adequate calcium and vitamin D intake, and avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol in excess can all help you prevent Osteoporosis.

Take care of your bones, and your bones will take care of you.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy life,

Dr. Johnson