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Bone Health: Frequently Asked Questions About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis and good bone health seem to remain a mystery to many people. Although there is more information than ever present, many are still under false misconceptions about the condition and how to avoid it. In this article we will look at some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Osteoporosis. We will also look at preventative measures to avoid contracting this condition.

1. Can a person tell if they have Osteoporosis?

No, unless you are tested, most people find out by a fracture or a bone break. Osteoporosis is painless and silent until this happens. Then depending on the severity of the injury, a patient’s life and health regime may be altered greatly.

2. Can Osteoporosis kill you?

Yes it can. Although most deaths that occur are a side effect. Hip injuries are quite common with osteoporosis. Most of these require surgery of some type. An estimated 20 percent of these patients will die within the first year of their injury. These are usually as a result of surgical complications pneumonia or blood clots but it can happen.

3. Don’t most people get tested for Osteoporosis by their doctor?

Sadly no, in fact the majority of us will break a bone or suffer some kind of injury that requires medical attention in our lifetime. A staggering 95 percent of these cases leave the hospital or doctor’s office without having been tested for osteoporosis or low bone density.

4. Doesn’t Osteoporosis only affect people with small frames?

People who are small and thin are more susceptible but osteoporosis can strike
anyone. Those who have a history of it in their families should be tested despite
their size.

5. What can we do to prevent Osteoporosis?

Start practicing good bone health habits. Eat a well balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. Make sure you get plenty of exercise especially resistance training. Avoid smoking and excessive amounts of alcohol. Even if you already have the condition, these habits can bring about a large amount of improvement.

Osteoporosis is a very serious condition that can lead to death. However, with good bone health habits this condition is completely preventable. By maintaining these habits even into old age, your chances of contracting Osteoporosis will remain small.

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