Age has many effects on the human body. It is nature and we can’t fight it. As our bodies deteriorate, many signs start to surface: tiredness from activities that we once deemed easy, hearing and sight problems and different pains that creep to our bodies with no obvious reason. However there are more serious issues that can affect our bodies or even threaten our lives. And the most dangerous are those that go under radar such as high blood pressure and cancer.
Osteoporosis, one of the silent diseases that can take a huge toll on the human body, is the loss of bony tissue, resulting in bones that are brittle and liable to fracture like glass, easy to break and hard to repair. Generalized osteoporosis is common in the elderly, and in women
often follows the menopause. Unless a person gets a specific diagnostic, osteoporosis shows no symptoms and can go undetected until a fracture occurs. Often and to one’s surprise the fracture could be a result of a minor knock or fall. However; as small as the accident might be the consequences could be life changing.
According to a study out of East Virginia Medical School in 2016: osteoporosis related fractures entail more hospital time and cost more than their normal counterparts.
Finally; as a person ages they must be aware of the danger of osteoporosis. Since it’s not something that can be felt until it hits hard, symptoms must be watched and preventative steps must be taken accordingly.
The following are 7 signs that could indicate osteoporosis condition. Number 6 is of a special importance since many people fail to relate it to brittle bones.
As a person reaches the 50s, osteoporosis must be a part of the conversation with their doctor. A diet with adequate calcium, exercise, and hormone replacement therapy are preventative, and bisphosphonates can be used to reduce further bone loss. Women older than 65 and men older than 70 must be checked for osteoporosis condition on a regular basis.