Osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by low bone mass, deterioration of bone tissue, decreased bone strength and a consequent increase in fracture risk. The most common fractures are those of the vertebrae (spine), proximal femur (hip) and distal forearm (wrist). It is unfortunately a silent disease until complicated by fractures since bone loss occurs without symptoms. First sign is a fracture that may be even due to a mild stress like for example bending over.
We are all at risk of developing osteoporosis especially if we have the following risk factors:
There are many things you can do in order to prevent the disease occurrence; here are few tips:
If you are already diagnosed with osteoporosis, you can also benefit from those recommendations to prevent further bone loss; and you certainly need to adhere to your prescribed medications. Don’t forget your regular doctor checkups as well.