Osteoporosis is disease that is quite common, particularly in older adults. Being diagnosed with this condition means that you have abnormally thin and weak bones that can be easily broken. The people at the highest risk of osteoporosis are women after menopause, but it can also affect men.
Fortunately, there are ways to help you with increasing and/or maintaining bone density. Once you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, there is medication that can slow down the loss of bone and improve bone strength.
Typically there are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. But once your bones have been weakened enough by osteoporosis, you might have symptoms that include:
- Back pain
- Loss of height and a hunched over posture – This can occur due to the collapsing of the bones in your back secondary to breaking.
- Bones that break much more easily than expected - Even in low impact injuries, you could be in danger of breaking a bone.
Osteoporosis can be a very serious disease if not managed well. It can disrupt your daily life in some cases. However, once diagnosed and treated, you can maintain your quality of life. It is very important to adhere to the management plan designed for you and if you have any concerns speak to your doctor.
Article written by Dr Ruusa Shivute | Health Window
References: Bhalla A. Recommended treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. Prescriber. 2009;20(17):39-50