What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone mass and density, making bones weak and brittle. It is most common in older adults, particularly women, and can increase the risk of fractures and other injuries. Osteoporosis can be prevented and treated with lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet that includes adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. Medications can also be used to slow bone loss and improve bone density. Symptoms of osteoporosis may not be noticeable until a fracture occurs, so it's important to talk to a healthcare provider about preventative measures and screenings, especially if there is a family history of the disease.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
If you experience bone pain, fractures, or have risk factors such as a family history of osteoporosis, low body weight, or a history of smoking or alcohol abuse, it's time to see a doctor for an osteoporosis evaluation. A doctor can perform bone density tests to diagnose osteoporosis and recommend treatment options such as medication, lifestyle changes, or supplements to prevent further bone loss and reduce your risk of fractures.
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