Learning about Osteoporosis happened to me at the tender age of 16 years old. Granny had Osteoporosis and participated in a Clinic Trial to see if Citracal helped over a years time. Unfortunately, Granny didn’t get much help from the study except she now knew she had to take calcium every day. This was the late 1970’s and they knew little about how to treat the illness.
Fast forward to today and look at all the knowledge we have and the RX medications we have for treatments. Participating in a respected Clinical Trial could help you or a loved one. At a minimum, it advances our society.
*One important note about Clinical Trails is you need to know exactly who is the company behind the study, pharmaceuticals? higher education? or to gather information? If you don’t have a relationship with the person who asked you to join, have them send you all the brochures about the study including the treatments or medication being evaluated.
I have never had a bad experience while participating in Clinical Trials, which were all Mental Health focused. The last thing you want is a scam.
Let’s talk more about what is Osteoporosis and what its causes are.
Make no bones about it, World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, is the time to learn about osteoporosis. Celebrate good health and educate yourself and others about the value of taking care of your body and protecting your bones and muscles from disabling and life-threatening fractures.
It’s interesting to note that prior to 1994, osteoporosis wasn’t even considered a major disease. But in 1998, two prominent organizations committed to educating the public about osteoporosis, combined to create the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
One of the most important events for WOD is checking bone density. Bones that are less dense are more liable to easily break or fracture at sudden movement or during minor falls. These bone density tests are available on WOD all over the world.
This disease is caused majorly by the lack of calcium and vitamin D in the body. Low calcium consumption leads to the reduction of bone density and bone loss. Being underweight, smoking, lack of exercise, malabsorption , aging, and genetics are also causes of bone weakening in the body. A bone density test  is conducted to check for osteoporosis. It is the use of an x-ray to check the density of the bones in your spine, wrists, and hips. Osteoporosis is also known as porous bone.
The first stage of osteoporosis begins between the age of 30 to 35. However, it may begin earlier in some person’s, ranging from the age of 25 to 30. This first stage is a state of equilibrium and is the first stage in the decline of the bone’s mineral density . This procedure can be called leaching .
In this stage, the rate at which the bones in the body are being broken down will be faster than the rate at which the body builds bones. Bone loss then begins to occur at approximately 0.25% per year. This however varies, depending on environmental and genetic factors.
Symptoms of Stages One and Two
- If the jaw is losing bones, this can cause the gums to begin to recede. This is a sign of osteoporosis in its early stages.
- The fingernails become weak and feeble.
- Reduced grip strength.
Through the ages of 45 to 55, the breakdown of bones occurs at a faster rate. In women, this is an effect of menopause, which leads to a reduction in the hormone oestrogen  which is significant in ensuring that all body tissues including bone ligaments, muscles, and tendons are in a good state. Women tend to lose up to 10 to 20% of their bone density in the first five years of menopause. Some women even lose up to 30%. For men, the changes in bone density occur between the ages of 60 to 65. This is caused by a decrease in the hormone testosterone.
This stage is usually characterized by an increase in the fragility of the bones. Where a fall, walking into a door, running, and even bending down to pick something off the floor, which are activities that were considered easy in younger years, may now be enough to cause a fracture.
Osteoporosis reaches this stage when there is no intervention or treatment done to the condition of the bones. In this stage, the effects and consequences of bone loss become quite visible. Factors like continual softening of the bones and the accumulation of fragility fractures, in the body, lead to deformity. With this deformity, comes a lot of pain and discomfort. The individual day by day finds it harder to perform normal daily activities like getting into a car, sitting down, climbing stairs, reaching for something above them, etc.
Certain lifestyle changes can also go a long way in preventing and maintaining osteoporosis. Including plenty of calcium and vitamin D in your diet is as important as the medications being taken. Physical activity and exercises like walking, hiking, and dancing is also a good way to treat or prevent this condition.
I hope you’ve learned a great deal about how to deal with Osteoporosis.