Osteoporosis Is Not A Medical Condition

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Introduction:

The process of aging presents a plethora of health complications that must be understood and dealt with in an effective manner so as to sustain a positive quality of life for the increasing numbers of aging individuals within the world’s populations. These complications and conditions are quite varied in their severity and commonality. Osteoporosis, unfortunately, is both highly detrimental and exceedingly common, despite the many efforts made to prevent it. It is a disease of the bone, reducing bone qualities such as mass and density in such a way as to make the daily activities of life both risky and difficult. I will examine the exact pathophysiology of this disease later in this paper, but for the time being, let it suffice to say that this disease is the direct result of bone being broken down at a rate that surpasses the body’s capacity to replenish it.
Epidemiology:
Osteoporosis is not a medical condition that is restricted to any one population or group in particular, but rather appears to universally affect humans – both males and females (1). That being said, the manner in which it affects the two different sexes appears to be somewhat different. While the trabecular bone loss in women appears to be a sharper downward plunge following the years associated with menopause, the trend seen in men reveals a much more gradual decline in bone width, density, and other characteristics. The osteoporotic changes seen in cortical bone are not as well…
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