By: Giselle Rubin and Amber Papson Diet and Osteoporosis
What is Osteoporosis? “Osteoporosis is a disease that affects your bones. It means you have bones that are thin and brittle, with lots of holes inside them like a sponge. This makes them easy to break. Osteoporosis can lead to broken bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. These fractures can be disabling and may make it hard for you to live on your own.”
Who is effected most by this… • Older women are most effected. Sometimes the smallest movements can cause a bone to break. • White and Asian people are more likely to be affected by osteoporosis than black or Hispanic people, but this does not mean that black or Hispanic people are not at risk. • If someone in your family has or had osteoporosis, you're more at risk. • This is why it is very important for young girls and teens to get plenty of calcium in their diet.
Effects of Osteoporosis. • Osteoporosis is a term that means "porous bones." It is a skeletal disease affecting women and men. Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones have lost minerals especially calcium, making them weaker, more brittle, and susceptible to fractures (broken bones). Any bone in the body can be affected by osteoporosis, but the most common places where fractures occur are the back (spine), hips, and wrists.
More effects of Osteoporosis.. • Osteoporosis can be very far along before you notice it. Sometimes the first sign is a broken bone in your hip, spine, or wrist after a fall. • As the disease gets worse, you may have other signs, such as pain in your back. You might notice that you are not as tall as you used to be and that you have a curved backbone.
How to treat Osteoporosis.. • Treatment for osteoporosis includes medicine to reduce bone loss and to build bone thickness. Medicine can also give you relief from pain caused by fractures or other changes to your bones. • It’s important to take both calcium and vitamin D along with any medicine you take for the disease. You need both of these supplements to build strong, healthy bones.