Osteoporosis refers to weakened or brittle bones and stems from the Latin word for “porous bones.” Healthy, strong bones have a tight, honeycomb-like structure with small spaces. Osteoporosis increases the size of these spaces, thinning them and making them more susceptible to injury.
Osteoporosis t is most common in older adults and women, especially. People with osteoporosis are at a higher risk for fractures, even during everyday activities, so early detection and treatment are essential for healthy living.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis:
Most people in the early stages of osteoporosis may not know they have the condition until they experience a fracture or a break. That is because there are few symptoms associated with this condition until it has progressed further. The most common early signs of osteoporosis include:
- Weakened grip strength
- Weak or brittle nails
- Easily broken bones
Causes of Osteoporosis:
Certain medications, such as corticosteroids, and underlying conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, may cause osteoporosis. However, several risk factors may place someone at higher risk for eventually developing osteoporosis, including:
- Family history
- Poor nutrition
- Lack of physical activity