Osteoporosis

Are you at risk of developing osteoperosis?

Are you over the age of 65?

Those over 65 years of age are much more susceptible to the disease osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vital vitamins and minerals. Those over 65 years of age are at particular risk.

How can this disease be prevented?

Exercise- The best exercise for your bones is the weight-bearing exercise, which forces you to work against gravity. examples- weight training, walking, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, tennis, and dancing.

Healthy Diet- A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. Young women in particular need to be aware of their risk for osteoporosis. They can take steps early to slow its progress and prevent complications of this disease.

Signs and Symptoms

There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may have signs and symptoms that include:

•Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra

•Loss of height over time

•A stooped posture

•A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected