Is Osteoporosis A Systemic Disease?

1028 WordsDec 7, 20155 Pages
“As we may know, osteoporosis affects around 10 million Americans, most of whom are over 55, and it is the cause of an estimated 1.5 million fractures annually.” These are the words once said by Lois Capps. The statistics back her up, and it has been proven. But what exactly is osteoporosis and what are or are there any signs or symptoms? Does it affect the oral cavity or does it tie into good oral maintenance? Is it in any way related to our diet and nutrition? Are there any cures for it? Osteoporosis is a systemic disease that causes bones to be frail and fragile. People of all ethnicities are pretentious to this type of disease. When they are affected by this disease, they are at risk for their bones to break or fracture. It can even bend the structure of the bone, which in turn makes the person look like they are hunched over and cannot sit or stand upright no matter how hard they try. There are usually no signs or manifestations once this disease has developed in the body. However, once it has attacked the body, there may be some pain due to the broken bones or crumpling of the spinal cavity. Also, you may notice a bent-over bone structure in the person experiencing symptoms of osteoporosis. It is more likely to affect females than males. The reason it affects women more than men is because when women are pregnant, the baby absorbs most of the nutrients from the mother. That leaves the mother with very little nutrients. That is why after giving birth, women are advised
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