Losing Bone Is Common Of The Ageing Process

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Losing bone is common of the ageing process, but for some individuals it can lead to osteoporosis and a multiplied risk of fractures. Osteoporosis ("porous bone"), is a disease that intensifies the loss of bone mass and strength. It often advances without any symptoms or pain. Thus, osteoporosis is not detected until weakened bones cause painful fractures typically in the back or hips. These brittle fractures result in serious morbidity and may have lasting effects through associated depression, disability, and lower health-related quality of life. For example, two thirds of patients who suffer a hip fracture never regain the level of function they had before the fracture. Approximately 20% of hip fracture patients die within a year of the fracture, and were listed as the cause of death on 12,661 death certificates in 1999 Nine out of one hundred women with a hip fracture will die as a result of the fracture. Fractures resulting from osteoporosis can lead to pain, decrease in height, inability to stand, and inability to walk. There are roughly 10 million people with osteoporosis, women are 80% of the sufferers. After the first few years of menopause, women experience bone loss rapidly. Although, this disease also affects men, they usually have stronger, bulkier bones and do not lose their mass as naturally. In addition, men who actually have from osteoporosis, often get it later in life than women, and at drastically lower rates.

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