You have noticed recently that your grandmother seems to be walking with a slight stoop to her posture. She mentioned that at her last doctor visit, he told her she had the beginning stages of osteoporosis. What do you know about Osteoporosis (AH-stee-oh-pohr-oh-sis)? (medlin2015): which is a bad case of low bone density. One of the physiological changes that can occur is condition which the tissue from the inside of your bones starts becoming thin. There happens to be two types of this condition: osteopenia (mild low bone density) and osteoporosis (severe low bone density). The most likely to be afflicted are the elderly since the body loses its tissues quicker than it can be repaired. Thus your bones get weaker and less dense since the bones consist of living tissue and are continuously growing and constantly rebuild by breaking down and removing old bone tissue to form new tissue. Young people can replace new tissue much more rapidly and less as they grow older becoming weaker and less solid easier to break.
Both men and women can wind up having low bone density women are more common to develop Osteoporosis more so are those who have been through menopause. About one in five women in the United States who are over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. (AHRQ Effective Health Care Program 2015.)
Some of the preventive measures such as medicines will reduce the risk with breaking bones by helping to slow down the process of breaking down the old bone also to build new bone more quickly. Most research for these has been for women who have gone through the menopause and not men or women who have not been through this process. This has also not given enough research how much the medicines effects the reducing on not breaking a bone. Nutritional supplements may help keep bones healthy by taking vitamin D along with calcium. Depending on your age the levels of each differ you need calcium for bones and Vit D to use the calcium. Researchers are not sure without other treatment that they alone will reduce the risk of breaking a bone for people with osteoporosis.
Exercise can help to improve balance and help strengthens bones improving the chances of have an accident and breaking a bone. By using weight baring exercise such as walking, lifting weights, and even climbing stairs will help achieve stronger bones.
Osteoporosis: MedlinePlus. (n.d.). Retrieved July 9, 2015.
Search for Guides, Reviews, and Reports | AHRQ Effective Health Care Program. (n.d.). Retrieved July 9, 2015.
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