Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones. The term literally means “porous bone”, and the disease results in an increased loss of bone mass and strength. If you are female, you are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis and broken bones. There are an estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis—about eight million are women. That’s approximately 80%! Take action and learn more about osteoporosis and how to prevent and treat the condition.
Important Osteoporosis Health Risk Warnings in Women
Osteoporosis can progress without any symptoms or pain. The chance of developing osteoporosis may be due to the following factors:
- Women tend to have smaller and thinner bones than men
- Estrogen is a hormone in women that helps to protect bones. Estrogen decreases sharply when women reach menopause. This decrease can cause bone loss
- About one in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis
- Research shows that Asian and Caucasian women are more likely to develop osteoporosis
- Thinner, petite women are more likely to develop osteoporosis since they have less bone to lose
- Heredity is an important osteoporosis health risk. If your parents or grandparents had any signs of osteoporosis, it may put you at greater risk of developing the disease
- Smoking increases your risk of developing osteoporosis
- Drinking alcohol heavily can cause your bones to thin and increase your risk of fractures
- Some diseases—such as rheumatoid arthritis—can increase your risk for osteoporosis
Treatment for Osteoporosis
Now for the good news! Today, we know a lot more about how to prevent, detect and treat osteoporosis. Remember that you are never too young or too old to take care of your bones. Talk to one of the physicians at IMS Pain Management about good lifestyle habits to help you protect your bones and decrease your chance of getting osteoporosis.
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