Osteoporosis could become more prevalent
Transforming Health | 12.11.12
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. As a result, bones become weak and can break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from a simple action such as a sneeze or bumping into furniture.*
Women over the age of 50 are especially vulnerable to osteoporosis. In fact, with a population that is aging, it's estimated that half of all women 50 and older will be at risk by the year 2020. However, that doesn't mean that men don't get osteoporosis.
Right now, some 10 million people are living with osteoporosis and another 34 million are at risk. Often the disease goes undiagnosed or at least the fractures due to low bone density do.
This episode of Radio Smart Talk takes a closer look at osteoporosis with guests Dr. Christopher Kager, a neurosurgeon with Lancaster NeuroScience and Spine Associates and 74-year-old Marie Moeller, who suffered a fracture of part of her spine.
Listen to the program:
Visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation website for more information.
10 million people are living with osteoporosis and another 34 million are at risk.
What Are the Symptoms of Osteoporosis? A person is often not aware that they have osteoporosis until a fracture occurs. But there are occasionally symptoms of the disorder. They could include:
- A gradual loss of height and an accompanying stooped posture.
- Fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip.
Call Your Doctor About Osteoporosis If: You develop a backache or sudden severe back pain, which can indicate a spinal compression fracture caused by osteoporosis.
Dental X-rays reveal a loss of bone in the jaw, which can be a sign of osteoporosis. It could also signal gum disease. (WebMD)
- Boning Up on Calcium: Supplements for Bone Health
- Prevention and healthy living tips
- Test your knowledge about osteoporosis in this quiz.
- Check out this slideshow of tips for avoiding fall and fractures
This episode of Radio Smart Talk was originally broadcast on Friday, December 7th, 2012.
Published in Personal Transformation