Osteoporosis affects both men and women although more prevalent in women during the pre and menopausal years.

The definition of Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time.

Symptoms are:-

1. Low back pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
2. Stooped posture or Kyphosis, also called a ‘dowager’s hump.’
3. Bone pain or tenderness
4. Loss of height( as much as 6 inches) over time
5. Neck pain due to fractures of the spinal bones
6. Fractures with little or no trauma

Consult you physician if you are concerned and receive treatment. The goals of which are:-

1. Prevent bone fractures with medicines that strengthen the bone.
2. Slow down or stop bone loss
3. Control pain from the disease
4. Minimise the risk of falls that might cause fracture. One of the different treatments is to change your lifestyle.

Studies conclude that one in three women over 50 is affected and one in twelve men over the age of 50, something therefore that should be taken seriously by everyone. It is essential to look after your body on the inside, which means eating healthy foods, daily exercise and daily relaxation.

The inside of our body is the engine and if it cannot perform its daily tasks because it is forever being abused, sooner or later an individual will pay the price. Take heed sooner rather than later.

What is osteoporosis? Putting it simply, it causes weaker bones, increasing the likelihood of a fracture. On its own it does not cause symptoms, unless it’s caused a bone fracture, it is not a painful condition nor s it a type of arthritis.

It is more prevalent in women as during the menopause oestrogen levels fall. Oestrogen is a female hormone and helps to protect against bone loss. By the age of 70 some women have lost 30% of their bone material.

Although bone has a complex structure that achieves the maximum amount of strength for least amount weight. It is made up of mostly collagen fibres, upon which are laid down crystals which are made from calcium and phosphate that give bone it ability to withstand compression and bending forces.

We all know that the body and its working functions are quite miraculous, so it will come as no surprise to learn that bone can repair itself. How? Well when increased loads are repeatedly put upon a bone, the osteoblasts become more active. (Osteoblasts are
Mononucleate cells responsible for bone formation.) Laying down more bone and increasing the strength of the region. Once a bone fractures, these osteoblasts go into overdrive around the fracture area, laying down more collagen fibres and minerals on top to strengthen them.

Who is at risk of this predator?

As stated in an early paragraph both men and women are susceptible as they age, but the situations below could also be a trigger.

1. Women who are pre and menopausal
2. If you suffered a fracture after a minor fall
3. Is there a family history of Osteoporosis
4. Have you, or do you take a steroid medication
5. Taking dieting and exercise to the extreme
6. Drinking too much alcohol
7. Never subscribed to regular exercise
8. Do you suffer from arthritis, chronic liver disease, diabetes and crohn’s disease

Taking care of your body is crucial, particularly as you age.

1. Eat a healthy diet
2. Daily Exercise
3. Daily Relaxation

There are something’s in that should be constant with various ailments of age. The three above are vital

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