Our bones are arguably one of the most important parts of our body, they literally hold us up and they the blueprint for our body structure. We need our bones to be strong and sturdy, or else we cannot function as human beings. Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder that makes our bones thinner and more susceptible to break or damage. Over 3 million people have osteoporosis and more people are continuing to be diagnosed. Know the symptoms, signs, and how to treat it.

 

As I said before, osteoporosis is a breaks down the bones and makes them thinner, making the architecture of the body weaker, there are two types of osteoporosis. Type 1 usually develops in women after menopause when the estrogen in the body quickly lowers, this happens around the age range of 50-70. Type 2 osteoporosis normally happens after the age of 70 and can happen to women twice as much as men. Osteoporosis affects the inside of the bones, which is a spongy compared to the hard outer shell of the bones.

 

The symptoms of osteoporosis are tricky to navigate. Osteoporosis makes it so that the bones, especially in the wrist, spine, or hips, cannot with withstand stressors such as, falling or tripping. When these incidents occur they can fracture or even break the bone and make it harder for the bones to repair themselves. There aren’t specific symptoms to osteoporosis but when it is caught at the right time it is highly treatable.

 

Normally, osteoporosis occurs in people who are older which is why, women especially, need make sure that when they are young they are using preventative measures to ensure stronger bones in the later years of life. Preventing osteoporosis can involve exercise, diet, and your genetic makeup all play a part in preventing osteoporosis. Learning if you have a family history of osteoporosis, eating a diet filled with calcium and iron, and performing weight bearing exercises throughout a person’s life have been shown to prevent osteoporosis.

 

If you or someone you know has a family history of osteoporosis or has had an accident involving their bones. Contact a doctor and make an appointment with us at Advanced Imaging Centers.