Osteoporosis is derived from a Greek word which means “porous bone”. This is a condition that develops slowly over the years, it is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. This condition is only diagnosed when a minor fall or sudden impact causes a bone fracture. People with osteoporosis most often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. Osteoporosis can occur in both men and women and at any age, but it is most common in older women.

Different factors can cause osteoporosis ranging from age, gender, ethnicity (it is more common among the white and Asian people than the blacks), body size (having a low body mass index), family history, heavy drinking of alcohol and smoking, medical conditions – such as inflammatory conditions, hormone-related conditions, or malabsorption problems, history of rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoporotic bone fractures are responsible for considerable pain, decreased quality of life, lost workdays, and disability. Up to 30% of patients suffering a hip fracture will require long-term nursing-home care.

If you fall within the category of developing osteoporosis then you should take some healthy moves to prevent osteoporosis which include: regular exercise, healthy eating (food rich in calcium and vitamin D), making lifestyle changes (giving up smoking and reducing your alcohol consumption).

For those living with osteoporosis; if you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of a fall, such as removing hazards from your home and having regular sight tests and hearing tests.

To help recover from a fracture, you can try using hot and cold treatments such as warm baths and cold packs, make use of trans cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS [where a small battery-operated device is used to stimulate the nerves and reduce pain].

In conclusion,make sure you relax well and go for medical checkup from time to time.

Written by

Temitope Ikusika



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