Osteoporosis is a crippling disease, which will make your bones brittle, causing fractures to occur. Each year thousands of people all over the world are likely to suffer this painful disease. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men over the age of 50 worldwide have osteoporosis. It is responsible for millions of fractures annually, mostly involving the lumbar vertebrae, hip, and wrist.
As you see from the figures that women are likely to get Osteoporosis than men, which is due the hormone change after menopause.
Who’s at risk, and what to avoid.

There are many things you should avoid, and there are many things you can do to avoid problems yourself. 

Number one. Stop Smoking. This goes for many complaints, and it has been proved to be one of the factors that can bring on Osteoporosis.
Number 2. Top up your daily intake of Calcium, which will help in the maintenance of healthy teeth and bones.
Number 3. Avoid to many fizzy drinks. Replace them with Calcium based drinks. (Milk etc)
Number 4. Avoid too much alcohol.
Number 5. Avoid over exercising. (Lifting over heavy weights.) One fact I have learnt is that Marathon runners tend to suffer in later years.
Number 6. Avoid being to thin. Try to maintain some body fat, as skinny people do tend to suffer more.
Number 7. Do some form of light exercise each day.
Number 8. Make sure you have a daily intake of Vitamin D.
Number 9. Control your diet. Make sure you get your daily intake of fresh fruit, and vegetables.
Number 10. Always consult your Doctor should you think you have a problem, as I’m sure there are a lot of cases that never get mentioned, or get the help that there is to be had.

I should say at this point that Osteoporosis is not a killer, although it can be very painful for anyone that suffers. Having this disease can slow the bodies defence system down with pain, and that is when other complications set in. Things like Deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism are common, hence if you have a fracture of the hip you usually are operated on quickly.
There are no known cures, although the Medical profession can help in many ways, and that is why I always recommend that you consult your Doctor.

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