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OSTEOPOROSIS Osteoporosis is a significant health problem that affects more than 25 million women in the United States and potentially 200 million worldwide This disease is characterized by diminishing the structure of the skeleton particular the spongy bone This results in an increased risk of fracture Osteoporosis develops silently over a period of years eventually progressing to a point where a fracture can easily occur causing pain and disability This disease is characterized by low bone mass and structural worsening of your bones leading to bone fragility There is an increased chances of damaging the hip spine and wrist Twenty-five million Americans are affected by Osteoporosis making it a major public health problem 80 of those affected by osteoporosis are women One out of every two women and one in five men have an Osteoporosis-related fracture By age 75 one third of all men will be affected by osteoporosis While osteoporosis is often thought of as an older persons disease it can strike at any age Osteoporosis is responsible for 15 million fractures annually including more than 300000 hip fractures 500000 vertebral fractures 200000 wrist fractures Certain some people are more likely to develop Osteoporosis than others These factors can increase your chances of getting osteoporosis A family history of fractures in elderly women Use of certain medications Chronically low calcium intake Thin andor small bones An inactive lifestyle Cigarette smoking Excessive use of alcohol Advanced age Women have approximately 10 to 25 percent less total bone mass at maturity than men making them more open to osteoporosis Osteoporosis is often called the silent disease because bone loss occurs without symptoms People may not know that they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a sudden strain bump or fall causes a fracture or a vertebra to collapse Once your vertebrae collapses you would feel it in the form of severe back pain loss of height stooped posture or dowagers hump
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