Osteoporosis today affects around 30% of men and 70% of women, higher in women & older people, this is a condition characterized by a decrease in the density of bone, decreasing its strength and resulting in fragile bones.
This shows no symptoms, absolutely nothing; it can be present without any symptoms for decades because osteoporosis doesn't cause symptoms until bone fractures. But the usual symptom one could be associated with is PAIN.
As the bones gradually become weaker, they are more likely to break from a minor fall or, if left untreated, even from something as simple as a sneeze. The most common fracture sites are hip, wrist & spine, although any bone can be affected.
Now the question is when it shows no symptoms then how can Osteoporosis be diagnosed?
It can be seen on an X-ray when there is a lot of bone loss, usually the density of the bone is measured, a bone density test can be performed for patients who may have osteoporosis, it is to know how far it is from the normal bones. This disease scaring to a lot many people, many of them stops exercising due to fear it will cause fractures.
Dr.Navin Talwar, Senior Joint Replacement Surgeon, Fortis Hospital says that Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for millions today; it can strike at any age today. Good posture and prevention of falls are important in reducing the chance of injury. After all Osteoporosis is usually preventable, one can do follow some healthy measure to prevent it.
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