Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become thin, weak and brittle. As a result of osteoporosis, bones may fracture more easily, leading to disability and increased risk of death. Post-menopausal women are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis and women are at fives times greater risk than men.
MENOPAUSE AND OSTEOPOROSIS:
Throughout a woman’s life the hormone, estrogen, protects against bone loss. After menopause occurs, the ovaries don’t make as much estrogen and estrogen levels in the body drop. The loss in estrogen can lead to bone loss, putting women at risk of fractures.
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOPOROSIS?
Usually there are no symptoms for decades. As the disease progresses signs and symptoms may occur:
HOW IS OSTEOPOROSIS DIAGNOSED?
CAN I PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS?
The best ways to prevent osteoporosis are to exercise, eat a healthy diet with calcium and Vitamin D, and quit smoking if you smoke.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?
Treatment of osteoporosis is important to prevent bone fractures. The following is a brief overview of some treatment options. Your doctor will speak with you about them in more detail and if you should consider using them.
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