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Are You At Risk For Osteoporosis?

Posted Jun 18 2009 12:00am

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by the loss of the normal density of bone, resulting in fragile bone. Osteoporosis leads to abnormally porous bone that is more compressible like a sponge, than dense like a brick. Osteoporosis is a disease where the inner honeycomb structure inside each bone becomes thinner and more fragile. It can affect any part of our body but the wrist, hip and spine are the most common areas. The prevalence of osteoporosis is increasing because of the increase in obesity in the U.S. Studies show obesity and an increased fat mass are not good for bone health. The best way to build up your bones is by doing exercise and eating healthy. Osteoporosis can be present without any symptoms for decades, because osteoporosis doesn’t cause symptoms unless bone fractures. Some osteoporosis fractures may escape detection until years later. Therefore, patients may not be aware of their osteoporosis until they suffer a painful fracture. There are things you can do to protect yourself. Life style changes including reducing or stopping cigarette smoking, curtailing alcohol intake, exercising regularly, and consuming a balanced diet with adequate calcium and vitamin D. Your doctor can recommend bone density tests to determine if you have an issue.

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