May is Osteoporosis Month

May is National Osteoporosis month. It’s a disease that occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. Dr. Wollan with Entira Family Clinics stopped by to discuss more on this topic.

What is Osteoporosis

  1. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone
    • With osteoporosis, new bone creation doesn’t keep up with old bone removal
    • Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced
    • Bones become weak and brittle
    • Even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture
    • Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine
    • Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced

What are the symptoms?

There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss

Signs and symptoms include:

    • Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra
    • Loss of height over time
    • A stooped posture
    • A bone fracture that occurs much more easily than expected

How do you manage it?

What is the Treatment

  • Medications, healthy diet including Calcium and Vitamin D, and weight-bearing exercise to help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones

Can this be prevented?

  • Your bone health is largely in your control
  • If bone loss is still a problem, ask your doctor about what you can do to correct any hormone imbalances or other medical causes of bone loss
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