Wednesday, May 14, 2008
A CONDITION CHARACTERIZED BY THE LOSS OF THE NORMAL DENSITY OF BONE, RESULTING IN FRAGILE BONE.
What are the consequences of osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis bone fractures are responsible for considerable pain, decrease quality of life, lost work days, and disability.
Up to 30 % of patients suffering a hip fracture will require long term nursing home care.
Some 20 % of women with hip fracture will die in the subsequent year as an indirect result of the fracture.
About 20 % of post menopausal women who experiences a vertebral fracture of bone in the following year.
Factors that will increase the risk of developing osteoporosis are :
Causian or asian race;
Thin and small body frames;
Family history of osteoporosis (for example, having a mother with an osteoporotic hip fracture doubles your risk of hip fracture);
Personal history of fracture as an adult;
Excessive alcohol consumption;
Lack of exercise;
Diet low in calcium;
Malabsorption (nutrients are not properly absorbed from the gastrointestinal system) from conditions such as celiac sprue;
But all of you don’t be worried :
Menopausal hormone therapy (previously referred to as hormone replacement therapy or HRT) has been shown to prevent bone loss, increase bone dencity, and prevent bone fractures, beside consume calcium supplements always.