Osteoporosis is a very common condition that weakens your bones and makes them brittle. Women should watch out for these early warning signs.
Much like everything else our bones too need enough love and care. Taking care of our bones is important as with age the bones become susceptible to various conditions like osteoporosis. While juggling several roles, women often forget to take care of their bone health which is why research shows that one out of every three women suffers from an osteoporotic fracture. In this article, Dr. Anil Sood, Joint Replacement Surgery specialist at Apollo Spectra Hospital, Bangalore has explained the initial signs of osteoporosis that young women should not ignore. These can help in preventing osteoporosis with timely treatment.
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that causes our bones to become weak and porous. It affects any individual irrespective of any gender, but it is more prevalent in women than men. According to NCBI (National Centre for Biotechnology Information), our bones start losing density at the age of 30 to 40, but lately women below 30 have also fallen prey to this condition.
Diagnosing osteoporosis among younger women is complicated as there are no visible symptoms of this condition. It is often referred to as a ‘silent disease’ as well. The prevalence or rise in the cases of osteoporosis among younger women can take place due to several reasons like unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits, body structure and family history. Other reasons can be irregular monthly cycles and loss of body weight.
In order to forestall any chronic condition like osteoporosis, it is very important that you know about the initial or warning signs of that health condition. Below listed are a few early warning signs that can help younger women detect the health condition in their initial stages:
Low bone density - Osteopenia is a condition in which the bone density is lower than the average rate. If anyone is experiencing low bone density, it is a sign that the person is likely to suffer from an easy fracture. Therefore, regular checkups and density screening are recommended to understand bone health better
Brittle fingernails - Nail strength is the easiest way to detect the condition at the earliest stages. Brittle nails signify low bone density or poor bone health. Other than activities like swimming, gardening, or hardcore training exercises, if one experiences broken nails often, then it could be an early symptom of Osteoporosis
Poor posture or a ‘widow's hump’ - Compression fractures in the vertebrae, or poor upper back muscle bones in our spine can create a hump. These are the common symptoms of osteoporosis that can result in bad postures and affect the human body.
Receding gums - One of the earliest signs of osteoporosis is receding gums. When jaws lose bones, then gums start to recede, therefore it is important to check with an expert and get the gums screened. It is advised to go for dental screening at least twice a year to keep a check on your dental health. Additionally, your mouth can tell a lot about your health.
Weaker grip strength - Lower handgrip strength is linked to low bone density. When one experiences lower grip strength, there are high chances to fall and suffer from an osteoporotic fracture. Due to reduced intake of calcium, people often suffer from this problem which might not be osteoporosis but it is better to take immediate action against it. Increasing calcium consumption such as milk, paneer, tofu, yogurt, soy milk, etc.
There are several ways to cure or get osteoporosis treated. Living an active lifestyle, performing regular exercises, following a healthy diet, having calcium-rich foods and essential vitamins and minerals can help to reduce the risk. Alongside, consultation with an expert is important to identify the right bone health and understand options about surgical procedures depending upon the severity of the condition.
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