Osteoporosis is considered a
silent disease until your bone breaks. With age, and especially after
menopause (or low testosterone in male patients), our bones become weak
and brittle which places an individual at an increased risk of fracture.
These fractures can be disabling and inactivity as a result of a
fracture can lead to a blood clot in the lungs which can be fatal.
Some risk factors can make you more likely to suffer from an
osteoporotic fracture. To lower the risk of getting osteoporosis, it is
recommended that you stop smoking, consume moderate alcohol (one drink
for a female and two for males), get enough calcium and vitamin D and do
exercises with five to ten pound weights. Risk factors which you cannot
change are age, family history, race, and low body weight.
Osteoporosis is often diagnosed with a bone mineral density test, but
others meet the criteria if they have had a certain type of low-impact
fracture. There are various treatment options including pills,
injections and infusions. Your rheumatologist can discuss the best
treatment plan for you and promote a healthier lifestyle to keep your
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