Osteoporosis And Low Bone Mass

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Around 54 million Americans in over 50 US states have osteoporosis and low bone mass. “Studies suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis.” (NOF.org). Our bones are constantly being replaced with new tissue. Osteoporosis occurs when new bone is not replaced fast enough with the removal of old bone. Our bones can become very thin, brittle, and weak as you age which is why Osteoporosis is known as the silent thief. Most bone mass is reached by mid-twenties but as you age your bone remodels and it takes away more bone than is replaced making bones more prone to osteoporosis, low bone density, and fractures. (Spinehealth.com)
There are two types of osteoporosis. Type 1 osteoporosis, also known as post-menopausal, occurs in women when their estrogen levels decrease significantly due to menopause. Usually, developing in the ages of 50-70; bones become weak due to trabecular bone not being as prominent as it was when the individual was younger. Type 2 osteoporosis, or senile osteoporosis, affects men and women at the age of around 70 and usually occurs twice as often in females than men. In senile osteoporosis, the bone becomes thin (spinehealth.com). Typically, osteoporosis is asymptomatic in the early stages of bone loss. Once bones have become thinned out and weak an individual may have bone pain, loss of height, slouched posture, and fracturing; this occurs more often due to weak porous bones.…
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