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WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS: Condition, symptoms, treatment, lifestyle

Osteoporosis is a condition where your bones lose strength over time, which means you are at a higher risk of breaking a bone than an average adult.

For people with osteoporosis, sometimes a simple sneeze or a cough can result in a broke rib and pain. So it is important to get the right treatment and halt the progress of this condition.

Prevention, information, and the right treatment are essential.

Main factors for developing the condition

As we get older, our bones naturally become thinner and lose density. However, some people’s bones deteriorate faster, making them more prone to injuries.

In the UK, osteoporosis has an effect on  over 3 million people, and 500 000 receive hospital treatment annually.

Women are typically at a higher risk than men especially after menopause. However that doesn’t mean that men, younger women, and children can’t develop the symptoms.

Many factors contribute to the development of the condition, both hereditary and lifestyle.

Although genetics are indicative of the possibility that you might develop the condition lifestyle choices are also very important. Poor dietary choices, not enough vitamins, lack of exercise and heavy drinking to name a few. Can certainly speed up the process of developing osteoporosis.

In addition to that, Inflammatory conditions, hormone imbalance, and malabsorption of nutrients are also known to further contribute to the condition.

What are the symptoms of osteoporosis?

The condition develops slowly and usually has a diagnosis when a person breaks a bone. (The most common injuries are broken wrist, broken hip, or broken spinal bones – vertebrae). The loss of bone density before breaking a bone is called osteopenia.

It’s difficult to spot osteoporosis in the early stages. However some symptoms are; height loss, constant muscle spasms, back pain, the curvature of the spine to list a few.

If your doctor suspects you might have osteopenia or osteoporosis, they can work out the expected loss of bone density using medical software .(FRAX and Q-fracture).

In addition to that, they might order a DEXA scan .Which shows current bone density compared to a healthy adult. Depending on the result, the doctor will diagnose the severity of the condition.

Treatment

Treatment for osteoporosis revolves around strengthening the bones. Thus preventing future breaking and fractures. The scope of treatment, i.e. what sort of medicine you might be taking (if any) is determined by a doctor. It depends on several factors, such as age, gender, genetics, and the likelihood of breaking a bone in the future.

Royal Osteoporosis Society has an excellent overview of treatment options and virtual consultation venues (links below the post).

Prevention is the best medicine

It’s important to note that the treatment can’t restore the thinned bones – they are impossible to regenerate. It can, however, significantly slow down the development of the condition.

That is why the prevention of osteoporosis is important, and lifestyle choices can help a lot.

Make sure you are getting enough exercise, and ingesting enough calcium and vitamin D. As these are the crucial elements in prevention.

You can also try Goodwill Pharma’s Cartinorm+BIO collagen. Cartinorm supports muscles and joints and contains collagen that is easily absorbed. Healthy muscles and joints will naturally support the skeletal system, further decreasing the risk of bone fracture.

Living with osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a serious condition that requires care and looking after yourself. Prevention is the key, and the right lifestyle choices can help a lot.

Visit National Osteoporosis Foundation and Royal Osteoporosis Society for specialist advice on prevention, treatment and newest research on osteoporosis. As well as the tips for living comfortably with this condition.

Think about prevention and which supplements you might incorporate to alleviate the symptoms and decrease the risk of breaking bones.

For more advice and resources on other health conditions, read our blog.

Sources:

*NHS – National Health Service
NOF – National Osteoporosis Foundation
Royal Osteoporosis Society

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