Osteoporosis : A Devastating Bone Disease

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Osteoporosis is a devastating bone disease in which bones become porous and brittle and are more susceptible to fractures; according to Johnell O and Kanis JA (2006), “Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds.” Osteoporosis is the result of several factors including diet and lifestyle choices, age, disease and medications, but the underlying cause is due to bone loss occurring faster than the body can replace it. To understand this disease we need to first understand that bone is a living organism that consists of cells and living, growing tissue. Bone is rich with blood and nutrients that are supplied to the rest of our body; in fact red blood cell…show more content…
The direct medical costs of these falls in 2012, adjusted for inflation, were $30 billion, (Stevens JA, Corso PS, Finkelstein EA, Miller TR, n.d.). And this does not even take into consideration the implications of home healthcare, rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, or the financial, physical and emotional burdens a fracture can have on family members. Unfortunately, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, (iofbonehealth.org), “By 2050, hip fractures are expected to multiply by 4.” So what can be done? For starters, prevention, prevention, prevention! Osteoporosis is not a natural condition of aging it is a disease that in most cases could be avoided. Ideally, prevention would begin as early as the womb, with proper in vitro nutrition you could give your fetus the building blocks to a healthy muscular-skeletal system. As your child ages, a diet including an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables along with daily sunshine and exercise will continue to provide the necessary ingredients, (calcium, magnesium and vitamin D), to allow their bones to grow strong and dense. Hopefully the increase of our elderly population living longer lives and their children and grandchildren witnessing what they go through as they age will have a positive impact on future generation’s prevention methods. But for now, the focus on our existing elderly population is imperative; detection, treatment and prevention of
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