Why Focus On Bone Wellness?

Not only do your bones support you and ensure mobility, but they also protect essential organs such as the brain, heart, and lungs. However, if you do not take care of them properly, you will be more at risk of sustaining injuries and even develop degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis.

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What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is one of the most common bone diseases to impact older adults. Derived from Latin, the word means ‘porous bones’. The inside of a healthy bone has small spaces and this condition enlarges these spaces – thus the name. This causes the bones to lose strength and density, and the outside of the bone becomes weaker. Adults with osteoporosis often have a much higher risk of sustaining injuries doing everyday activities such as walking and standing.


Causes & Risk Factors of Osteoporosis

The biggest cause of osteoporosis is age. Your body will break down and repair bones at a constant rate throughout your life but the process slows down as you age. When your bones start to break down quicker than your body can replace them, they can become less dense and more brittle. Risk factors include:


  • Being female – women are 4 times more likely to get osteoporosis than men
  • Going through menopause – the hormonal changes can impact bone health
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Poor diet
  • Not exercising enough
  • Excessive smoking
  • Low body weight
  • Long-term use of steroids
  • Small body frame


Common Symptoms of Osteoporosis

In the early stages, osteoporosis may not even display any symptoms and most people often do not find out about it until they suffer a fracture. Nevertheless, some common symptoms include:


  • A gradual loss of height 
  • Sudden and severe back pain
  • Weakened grip strength
  • Weak and brittle nails 


As osteoporosis is a serious degenerative condition, a doctor should be consulted if you happen to experience any of the above symptoms. Moreover. the rate at which the body builds bone typically tapers off after the age of 30, which is why it is important to have a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain bone health. Those with a family history of osteoporosis should also regularly consult a doctor to manage the condition properly.

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