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Published on: 31 Jan 2017 by sophiee
The pain that a fracture gives one is immeasurable, truly understood only by someone who has gone through the experience. If you happen to have a fracture, recovery should be your utmost priority. When that has been dealt with, it is time for you and your doctor to deduce whether your fracture indicates osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is characterized with low bone mass due to which bones become porous, thin and weak, making them fracture easily, in particular the bones of the hip, spine and wrist. Deducing whether you have osteoporosis is important so that you can take the necessary steps to avoid falls or be careful about getting into situations that may prove to be burdensome on your bones and also because this is a “silent disease” and does not show any symptoms. It is only after a twist or sprain causes fracture that the possibility of osteoporosis is deduced.
Osteoporosis is an extremely common disease, affecting more than 40 million people and causing fractures in around 1.5 million people on an annual basis. In fact, fractures due to osteoporosis are more common than the incidence of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer all put together. While osteoporosis can strike at any age, the occurrence of this bone condition is much more common in women. It normally affects people above 50 years of age, majority of which are white women. Estimates suggest that 35% of postmenopausal white women have osteoporosis of the hip, spine, or distal forearm. And most of the hip and spine fractures in older white women are mainly because their bones have gone weak. The probability of women getting a fracture after menopause also increases if they have already had a fracture in the past. This is one reason why patients with osteoporotic fractures are not always told to go for osteoporosis assessment and medical treatment. So, a lot of fractures occur because osteoporosis in those patients goes undiagnosed and thus untreated.
It is likely for 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men to suffer from a fracture due to osteoporosis. In fact, this bone condition is the root cause of 80% of all fractures happening to people of ages 50 years and above, and 70-90% of hip fractures. These are phenomenal figures, and clearly stress on the need for diagnosis for osteoporosis once a person reaches the age of 50. An on time diagnosis allows for treatment to be started right away. The treatment, along with an exercise programs and injury prevention strategies minimize the adverse effects of the disease. Once a person understands that he is suffering from this condition he tends to be more careful in avoiding falls. He needs to take care of himself in the better way, realize the importance of healthy eating habits, and maintain a prescribed sleeping posture in order to make the efforts count. Timely sleeping habits will increase the chances of this disease not getting out of control since your bone marrow activity is affected by the number of night hours you sleep. Some of the readily available temperpedic mattress in the market also impact significantly in getting you refreshingly awake.
Considering that fractures and other health problems arising due to osteoporosis prove to be very costly for the country, it is necessary that awareness is spread regarding the disease on a national level. Although age and sex are risk factors of this condition quite beyond our control, osteoporosis can be minimized by having a sufficient diet during childhood and adolescence as that is when the bones are actually growing and need enough of calcium and vitamin D for proper development. A solid beginning is always better as it contributes to good bone health.