Saturday, February 22, 2014

Are you at Risk of Osteoporosis?

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Found this among my old files, its the result of my bone scan more than a year ago. But anyway,here's something I just would like to share.

The bone scan method is a procedure via a nuclear imaging test wherein it can be possibly detected if you are at-risk of osteoporosis or any possible bone disease.

The procedure I had was done using a mobile foot scan machine and it was during one of those supermarket health campaigns by a local milk brand.

But what is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporsis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue, typically as a result of hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

What are the causes and symptoms of Osteoporosis?
  • Age. Osteoporosis is more likely as people grow older and their bones lose tissue.
  • Gender. Women are smaller and start out with less bone. They also lose bone tissue more rapidly as they age. While women commonly lose 30-50% of their bone mass over their lifetimes, men lose only 20-33%.
  • Race. Caucasian and Asian women are most at risk for the disease, but African American and Hispanic women can get it too.
  • Figure type. Women with small bones and those who are thin are more liable to have osteoporosis.
  • Early menopause. Women who stop menstruating early because of heredity, surgery or lots of physical exercise may lose large amounts of bone tissue early in life. Conditions such as anorexia and bulimia also may lead to early menopause and osteoporosis.
  • Lifestyle. People who smoke or drink too much, or do not get enough exercise have an increased chance of osteoporosis.
  • Diet. Those who do not get enough calcium or protein may be more likely to have osteoporosis. That is why people who constantly diet are more prone to the disease.
Is Osteoporosis preventable?

The prevention of osteoporosis is a lifetime process but bone mass start breaking down at age 35. Once you are at-risk of osteoporosis the condition is irreversible. It is therefore important to consume adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D along with physical activity and it should begin with children such to ensure good development of the bones.

A healthy lifestyle without smoking and excessive intake of alcohol will also be helpful.

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