Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to deteriorate little by little and your bone mass to decrease drastically. Over time your bones will become much more fragile than usual so you will be more prone to injuries and fractures.

What is osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that usually occurs over time and manifests itself in older people mostly, when bone mass decreases due to the stage of old age. It can also be a hereditary problem or be caused by a poor diet, malnutrition, drug use or even lack of physical exercise.

The signs that you have osteoporosis

In women over fifty years of age, this disease can be manifested by the onset of menopausal age .

Some of the most visible symptoms that you may be suffering from osteoporosis are those listed below, we have to mention that osteoporosis is an asymptomatic disease, therefore it is important to have a diagnosis prior to these symptoms that show a disease already advanced:

Two clear signs of osteoporosis

  1. The presence of deformations in the spine , severe muscle pain, pain in the neck area or even an exaggerated loss of body mass.
  2. Weakness in the bones that causes frequent injuries and fractures , occurring more frequently in the hips, wrists and vertebrae. It can also be accompanied by a visible shortness in stature.

These signs may be those that occur with the appearance of the condition of osteoporosis , however, there may be other causes, but it is recommended that you consult a specialist who will perform an examination to determine the causes of your condition and even prevent the appearance of osteoporosis if you are prone to it .

Causes of osteoporosis

The lack of calcium consumption is another of the less visible factors that causes the appearance of osteoporosis . Bones need calcium intake throughout life in order to be strong and healthy. It is recommended that you read how to acquire calcium beyond milk . If you smoke tobacco or drink too much alcohol you run a great risk of suffering from osteoporosis since these harmful habits cause the bones to not be able to absorb the necessary amount of calcium.

Osteoporosis in its first stage may not show any symptoms, but over time it can cause severe pain in the bones and loss of height. As the disease progresses, the pains can become more acute and last for several months.

You can read more supplementary information on the things that are not said about osteoporosis and menopause.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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