As young adults, we tend not to mind certain diseases that are associated with age, osteoporosis being one of them. We probably know it only if we are asked by professors to make a study about it. Or probably for the elders, they take notice only when they are experiencing the effects of the disease already. As early as now, we need to be mindful of these diseases, for prevention and probably to help assist in the treatment of our elders.
One of the diseases associated with age is osteoporosis, which may strike at any age but is most common in those over age 50. It is an age-related disorder characterized by decreased bone mass and loss of normal skeletal micro-architecture, leading to increased susceptibility to fractures. As people are living longer and leading more sedentary lives, the incidence of osteoporosis is expected to continue rising.
Millions of people around the globe are experiencing osteoporosis, and probably most of the fracture-related injuries are linked to the disease. As ordinary citizens, we need to be aware of what really is osteoporosis. How can we prevent or treat it? Let us not wait for the time when we spend too much of our earnings because we are already experiencing hip fractures or too much back pains because of it.
Osteoporosis, which means “porous bone,” is a disease in which bones become weak and brittle. It may strike at any age, although it is common in those over age 50 and generally affects more women than men. The condition often results in broken bones and fractures, commonly in the hips, spine and wrists, even from simple activities such as bending. It is considered a silent disease because it has no symptoms. In fact, many people do not know that they have the disease until they break a bone.