Osteoporosis: Be Proactive Rather Than Reactive
Have you ever noticed someone walking noticeably hunched over, usually older and often female?
There’s a good chance that person has osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis causes weak, thinning bones, leaving them at greater risk of breaking. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine, and wrists.
More than 54 million Americans have osteoporosis, with nearly 3-million new cases diagnosed each year
Usually the result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D, there typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. Once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may have signs and symptoms that include:
- Back pain, possibly caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- Loss of height over time
- A bone fracture that occurred easily, often in the hip, wrist, or spine
While women are four times more likely to get osteoporosis, men are also affected.
While the chances of developing osteoporosis increases with age, you can start developing it even as a teenager. Jana Reed says one of the best ways to treat osteoporosis is to prevent it, including maintaining a proper body weight, cutting down on caffeine and alcohol, and stop smoking.
She adds that a good diet, including multi-vitamin and calcium supplements, and proper exercise are also key.
Reed encourages everyone to be proactive rather than reactive, determining if you might be prone to or in the early stages of osteoporosis before a fracture occurs rather than after one.
The OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Spine Institute Osteoporosis Clinic conducts Bone Health evaluations. Learn more at http://bit.ly/2sj3AeF or by calling (877) 466-6670.