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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a common condition that affects the bones by weakening them which increases the risk of fractures, even from basic tasks or a light fall. There are some serious complications that can occur from these fractures. Osteoporosis is more common in adults, but children can also get it a very young age which seriously affects the sports and physical activities they’re able to do. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone and also the most common bone disease there is. Osteoporosis can be treated once you get it, but it can also be prevented with a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes.

Causes of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the most common disease of the bones and caused mostly by poor lifestyle choices. This is why it is known as a preventative disease because by making good choices in your life, including exercise and proper diet, you can prevent this disease from forming. Common risk factors for osteoporosis include smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol excessively, getting too much training and exercise which can actually thin the bones, especially with menopausal women, older adults, people with a family history of osteoporosis, and anyone who follows an unhealthy diet.

Preventing Osteoporosis

As previously mentioned, Osteoporosis can be preventing by making the right lifestyle choices. One way to do this is to improve your diet. You should be following a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and protein-rich foods. You should also be getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals including plenty of calcium and vitamin D. If you don’t eat a lot of foods that offer nutrients, you should at least be taking a multi-vitamin.

Symptoms of Osteoporosis

To many, Osteoporosis is a silent disease and doesn’t cause many signs or symptoms aside from mild discomfort or pain. However some of the more common symptoms of Osteoporosis are height loss, bone or joint pass and discomfort, a compression fracture in the back which mostly older women feel as a sudden and severe pain in the back, and getting frequent fractures which is an example of weak, brittle bones.

Treating Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is not curable so once you have it, you will have to manage it for a lifetime. However there are many ways to treat the disease including being more careful. Once you have brittle bones, you need to be extremely careful not to fall or get into some kind of accident that can cause frequent breaks or fractures. You should also stat eating better right away and getting plenty of vitamins, along with limiting the amount of physical activity you do and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes. Medications are also used to slow the process of Osteoporosis.
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