Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break.  Typically these breaks occur in the hips, spine, or wrist, though any bone can be affected.  Hip and spine fractures are serious and can affect a person’s ability to walk.

 

Osteoporosis can affect people of any age but is more common in the elderly.  It can affect men and women but is more common in women after they reach menopause.

 

Getting enough calcium, vitamin D, and exercise are all important parts of preventing osteoporosis.  Alcohol and smoking should be avoided.

 

Tests such as the Bone Mineral Density test can be used to diagnose osteoporosis.  The test is similar to an x-ray.  For some people, there are medications that can treat osteoporosis.

 

If you want more information about osteoporosis, you can call the National Osteoporosis foundation at 800-231-4222, or visit them online at www.nof.org/.

 

Phone code: 3205

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