There are countless disorders and conditions that can affect us as we age. Sometimes the worst conditions are the ones you can’t see. Suffering from an invisible threat makes diagnosis and treatment much more difficult. So, if you’ve ever worried about your bone health you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got information about what osteoporosis is, what causes it, signs and symptoms, prevention, diet tips, and treatment. Hopefully you’ll have gained some knowledge about bone health and bone density by the end of the article.
1. What is Osteoporosis?
The word osteoporosis comes from the Greek words for “porous bone”, and that’s exactly what it is. Osteoporosis is a disease/condition that affects the density of the bone, which in turn affects the strength of the bone. What happens is the body stops producing as much bone, or your body starts to lose bone too fast. When too much mass is lost, the bone becomes weak and brittle making it susceptible to breakage. If you’ve ever wondered why seniors have more issues with breaks and falls, it could be attributed to a lack of bone density. People living with the disease can brake bones from sneezing too hard!