What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones have become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.
Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone.
Osteoporosis affects men and women of all races. But white and Asian women — especially older women who are past menopause — are at highest risk. Medications, healthy diet and weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.
Currently more than 40 million people either already have Osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass.
Statistics claim at least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime.
How does cancer treatment affect bone loss?
Certain cancer treatments can increase the risk for osteoporosis for both men and women. Some chemotherapy drugs used for breast cancer can cause a loss of bone density. Certain hormone therapies for breast and prostate cancer can, too.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis includes;
Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
Loss of height over time
A stooped posture
A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected
Sometimes, Osteoporosis can lead to the need for replacements, such as knee or hip replacements. It should be noted that one option for knee replacements, the Zimmer Persona Tibial Plate, has been recalled due to issues that have even forced some people back into surgery.
Prevention of Osteoporosis:
Eating of healthy and balanced meals
Taking of nutritional food supplements when recommended
Frequent medical check up
Stopop smoking as smoking causes a loss of bone density.
Limit alcohol intake. Have no more than one drink a day.
This article is in joined efforts with the American Recall Center to help educate everyone both young and old about Osteoporosis with May being the Osteoporosis awareness month. http://www.recallcenter.com/resources/ is a site dedicated to inspire good health in others, provide up-to-date FDA news, and focus on patient safety.
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