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
Treatments for Osteoporosis:
A combination of medications and lifestyle changes are the best-suited treatments for osteoporosis. Oral or injectable medications called bisphosphonates help prevent the loss of bone mass and may stimulate bone growth as well. Increasing your intake of calcium, vitamin D, and other vital nutrients may also aid in treatment.
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