At this point in life, you’ve heard of osteoporosis (a bone disease resulting in brittle and fragile bones), and if fortunate, you haven’t dealt with any osteoporotic fractures.
Osteoporosis affects 10 million men and women in the United States. Every year, 3 million patients are diagnosed. The disease is commonly found in women as oppose to men; however, one out of five men are found to be affected with the disease, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
After the age of 40, the likelihood of one dealing with such fractures dramatically increases- for women especially. Around the age of fifty, men do not undergo a rapid loss of bone mass like their counterparts. However, between the ages of 65 and 70, both genders will begin to lose bones mass at the same rate.
Fractures in the man’s skeleton at this age will yield greater impacts because their first fractures are suffered at a much later age, making the consequences serious or deadly.
There are two causes of osteoporosis. Primary is age related bone loss, and secondary causes come from certain lifestyle behaviors, medication, and other diseases.
- Prolonged exposures to medications (e.g.. arthritis meds), cancer treatments, and antacids
- Poor choice lifestyle habits (excessive consumptions of alcohol, lack of exercise)
- Chronic diseases affecting major organs and hormone levels in the body
The best ways to prevent osteoporosis includes proper nutrition and incorporating exercises that aid in maintaining bone density, muscle strength, and coordination and flexibility (in order to prevent falls, fractures, and potential death). There are also a handful of treatments available to further reduce the risks of damaging bone health.