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Osteoporosis is characterized by a deterioration of bone tissue, making bones weaker and more vulnerable to fractures.
Osteoporosis is dubbed the “silent disease” because it is difficult to detect. People can experience bone loss for many years without ever being aware of it. When osteoporosis is diagnosed after a fracture, the disease is already at an advanced stage.
Not many symptoms can indicate the presence of osteoporosis. Certain signs can deliver a few clues, however. These are:
The exact causes of osteoporosis remain unknown at the present time. But we know that in women, the rate of bone loss is further diminished by menopause as a result of the decrease in estrogen production.
In men, bone loss is gradual and the risk of developing osteoporosis increases at around age 70.
Certain risk factors are also involved in the development of the disease:
The best way to prevent osteoporosis is to undergo an annual screening test called a bone densitometry, which must be prescribed by a doctor. Men and women over the age of 65 and menopausal women who are at risk for the disease should take this test.
A healthy lifestyle can also help to prevent osteoporosis. Here are a few tips:
In addition, supplements may play a preventive role. People 50 and over should take two 500 mg doses of calcium every day (at breakfast and dinner) for a total of 1000 mg. And to promote calcium absorption, a dose of 1000 IU of vitamin D is also required.
Calcium supplements can interact with certain prescription medications. Consult your pharmacist before choosing supplements of the shelves.
To effectively treat osteoporosis, prescription medications and calcium and vitamin D supplements must be taken. There are a variety of medications, some of which help to slow bone loss. Treatment must also include a regular exercise program.
Be sure to discuss your treatment plan with your doctor or pharmacist.
Do you have questions about osteoporosis and its treatment? Talk to your pharmacist. He’s there to help!
In addition, there are many professional pharmacy services available to help you alleviate the symptoms of osteoporosis:
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