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November is Osteoporosis month


November is Osteoporosis month

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November is Osteoporosis month.


WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?
‘Osteo’ means bone, and ‘porosis’ thinning or becoming more porous, so osteoporosis literally means ‘thinning of bone.’
As the definition implies the bone itself is deteriorating or breaking down. Thus causing the bone to get weaker and easier to break. Advanced Osteoporosis looks like Swiss cheese with very big holes and little structure. Bones most commonly affected are those in the spine, hip, shoulder and wrist.
Osteoporosis can strike at any age and affects both men and women.
Osteoporosis can show up as early as age 40. 2-3% of bone mass annually gets losts in women when they approach Menopause. 1 in 3 women will have an Osteoporotic fracture at some point in their life.
Risk factors
Risk factors include age, sex, vertebral compression fracture, fragility fracture after age 40, either parent has had a hip fracture, >3 months use of glucocorticoid drugs, medical conditions that inhibit absorption of nutrients and other medical conditions or medications that contribute to bone loss. (http://www.osteoporosis.ca/index.php/ci_id/8867/la_id/1.htm)
Prevention
No known cause for Osteoporosis has been identified, however physical activity and proper diet early in life is thought to help strong bones. At age 16-20 peak bone mass for women is reached and for men age 20-25.
Intake of adequate Calcium and Vitamin D along with regular exercise is essential in the prevention of Osteoporosis
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