When I learned that May was the National Osteoporosis Month, I did some research and decided to share with you what I learned on the subject. Osteoporosis is a serious illness that can lead to severe consequences. So it’s best to be aware of the outcome before it’s too late!
What is Osteoporosis?
As you probably know, osteoporosis is a bone disease. But do you know what it is exactly? Well, here is the definition, according to the Osteoporosis Foundation:
“Osteoporosis, which literally means porous bone, is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased.”
The danger with this illness is that there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs. It happens very slowly and without you even knowing it. That’s why osteoporosis isn’t called the “silent disease” for nothing.
Bones are made of two types of bones. The exterior is called compact bones and the interior is called spongy bones. Spongy bones are full of holes like a sponge, but when you suffer from osteoporosis, the holes become bigger and bigger.
In the video below, you will see all the details about this terrible disease. Created by Nucleus Medical Media, this 3D medical animation includes:
- An overview of the bone anatomy
- How the bones cells work
- The two types of osteoporosis
- Causes of osteoporosis
- How to prevent osteoporosis
- Risk factors for osteoporosis
- Treatments and more
Fractures & bone density test
Approximately 54 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and low bone mass which can increase the risk for osteoporosis. Studies show that about 1 in 2 women, especially menopausal women. Also, 1 in 4 men of 50 years old and more will suffer from a fracture due to osteoporosis.
To diagnose osteoporosis, the most common test is bone density test. This test can determine if you have normal bone density, low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis. The lower the result, the more likely you are of breaking a bone. This test is performed using a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) machine.
To learn about health concerns and the way people with osteoporosis and osteopenia handled their illness, check out this 2014 survey below:
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|An infographic by the team at nof.org|
Living with osteoporosis could be very hard to do. That’s why it is important to learn as much information as possible and take necessary precautions to avoid it. The damages of osteoporosis can be considerable and can cripple a person’s life forever.
Please, take care of your bones and do anything you can too, like the 2015 campaign slogan says, break free from osteoporosis.