Osteoporosis, a disease that thins and weakens the bones to the point where they become fragile and break easily, affects 10 million Americans.
Those most affected are postmenopausal women who experience a dramatic drop in estrogen – a hormone that assists in the absorption of calcium and prevents calcium loss from the bone. Anyone with a hormone imbalance – which may include men who have been treated for prostate cancer – is also susceptible to the disease. Risk factors include race (Caucasians have a 50 – 60 percent greater risk), family history, lack of exercise, being underweight, and smoking. People who take high amounts of corticosteroids are also more likely to have brittle bones.
Bone tissue naturally refills itself in a dynamic process of restoration and formation. For those with osteoporosis, however, the loss of bone outweighs the production of new material, resulting in bones that are more likely to fracture.
By following these tips, you can prevent and slow the development of the disease:
Osteoporosis can be a painful, debilitating and deforming disease. The good news is that there are a number of things people can do to limit its progression and even reverse the process. Stay informed and be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions regarding Osteoporosis.
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