The body of anything must have some structures for it to be seen as a body. Before you can see the coverings of the body, there is always the framework of that body. In human beings and other animals, the framework is made up of bones. It therefore means that without the framework there will be no body to admire. It is becoming a general concern that this framework is losing its abilities to function as it should with time as we get older. This stability loss is what we want to discuss in this article under the topic of the body structure and osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a health condition which affects the body and particularly the framework of the body which is the bones. Therefore if you have osteoporosis the understanding is that you have lost some bone material. And your bones have become less dense creating some spaces in between. The creation of the spaces on the bones makes them weak and more vulnerable to breaking at very negligible forces (fracture). Doctor Dalal Akoury says that even though osteoporosis mainly affects older people but it can also be very indiscriminative by affecting people of all ages. Yes it is true that the risk of osteoporosis is high as we approach our sunset days, but we can take certain measures to reduce this. There are a number of preventive measures we can adapt to slow down bone loss. Medication may be one of the suggestions professionals will recommend in restoring the bones, but this will be done up on evaluation of individual patient. If you are experiencing certain pain or weakness in your bones then you need to act first and consult with the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center for speedy correctional measures to be taken.
Therefore osteoporosis is a condition that affects bone strength and the word osteoporosis literally means “porous bones”. Remember that the bone is made of collagen fibers (tough, elastic fibers) and minerals (gritty, hard material). This is a living tissue rich in cells that make, mold and resorb (take back up) bone. Initially, as you grow, bone formation exceeds bone resorption. But, as you get older, this reverses and, after about the age of 35, you start to lose a certain amount of bone material. This would then means that your bones will become less dense and loses stability by becoming less strong. This process of bone loss will not be the same in all people but the amount of bone loss will vary from person to person. Therefore if you have lost a lot more of your bone mass, then you have osteoporosis. Meaning that if you have osteoporosis, then your bones becomes bristle and can break more easily than normal, especially if you have an injury such as a fall. If you have a milder degree of bone loss, this is known as osteopenia.
Just to help you understand further what osteoporosis is, I want to further illustrate this porous situation differently. Taking a closer observation of the bone under a microscope, you will notice that sections of the bone take the shape of a honey comb. It means that those suffering from osteoporosis will have wider and much bigger holes and spaces in the honeycomb like structure. This is an illustration that they are having bones which are not healthy and therefore the understanding is that they have lost their bone density and the structure of their bone is not normal. Doctor Akoury recommends that people should have bone density test especially those who are aging and have broken their bones in the past.
Because osteoporosis risk is high in old age, an assumption could be made that the world is generally at greater risk as we approach old age. Nonetheless it is estimated from various statistics that in America alone about 54 million people have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Studies further suggest that approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis subsequently.
Besides the pain that comes with a broken bone, one could also have a permanent deformity. Therefore the breaking of a bone is a serious complication of osteoporosis, especially when you’re older. In many cases broken bones due to osteoporosis normally occur in very sensitive sections of the body like the hip, spine and wrist thereby adding to the complications more pain and fatality. Nonetheless it must not be assumed that these are the only sections that will suffer osteoporosis because the other bones can also break. The other consequences of osteoporosis may include:
- Broken bones can cause severe pain that may not go away
- Osteoporosis also causes some people to lose height. When osteoporosis causes the bones of the spine, called vertebrae, to break or collapse, it affects your posture and causes you to become stooped or hunched.
- Osteoporosis may even keep you from getting around easily and doing the things you enjoy, which may bring feelings of isolation or depression.
- It can also lead to other health problems. Twenty percent of seniors who break a hip die within one year from problems related to the broken bone itself or surgery to repair it. Many of those who survive need long-term nursing home care.
The estimated cost of the effects of osteoporosis will surprise you greatly if these statistics is anything to go by. It is estimated that Osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones and $19 billion in related costs every year. By 2025, experts predict that osteoporosis will be responsible for approximately three million fractures and $25.3 billion in costs each year. What does this communicates to you? It means that you and I are being called up on to pool together and prevent this in the future generation.
Finally this is not something to look at from afar. Doctor Akoury refers to osteoporosis as a silent disease because you can’t feel your bones getting weaker. The very first time you may realize this is when you break a bone or when it done on you that you are getting shorter or your upper back is curving forward. Therefore if this description suits you and you are experiencing height loss or your spine is curving, help is closer to you that you can imagine. Schedule for an appointment with doctor Akoury today as the disease may be already be advanced.