The Effect of Osteoporosis on Older People
Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density among elderly that can cause painful fractures, disability and deformity. While heredity and bone size affect the development of osteoporosis, it is often possible to prevent, delay or reduce bone loss through healthy lifestyle. Though Osteoporosis affects both sexes but it is most frequent among women.
It is a natural process that bones are constantly being renewed. But are we grow old, this process becomes less efficient, and bone mineral density is lost. When bone mineral density is lower than normal, and not reached to the level where it can be is termed as osteoporosis, it is called osteopenia. Osteoporosis causes bones to become very thin and weak over time and increases the risk of fracture.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is an illness in which bones become fragile and brittle, leading to higher risk of breakage. This occurs when bones lose minerals such as calcium more quickly than the body can replace them. Commonly termed as a “silent disease”, osteoporosis generally has no symptoms and is rarely diagnosed until bones break or fracture. Osteoporosis is the disease and fractures are the outcome we are trying to prevent.