Osteoporosis Treatment happens when bone density decreases and the body stops producing as much bone as it did before.
It can affect both males and females, but it is most likely to occur in women after menopause, because of the sudden decrease in estrogen, the hormone that normally protects against osteoporosis.
As the bones become weaker, there is a higher risk of a fracture during a fall or even a fairly minor knock.
What is osteoporosis?
"Osteoporosis" literally means "porous bones." The bones become weaker, increasing the risk of fractures, especially in the hip, spinal vertebrae, and wrist.
Bone tissue is constantly being renewed, and new bone replaces old, damaged bone. In this way, the body maintains bone density and the integrity of its crystals and structure.
Bone density peaks when a person is in their late 20s. After the age of around 35 years, bone starts to become weaker. As we age, bone breaks down faster than it builds. If this happens excessively, osteoporosis results.
Treatment of osteoporosis
Treatment aims to:
- slow or prevent the development of osteoporosis
- maintain healthy bone mineral density and bone mass
- prevent fractures
- reduce pain
- maximize the person's ability to continue with their daily life
This is done through preventive lifestyle measure and the use of supplements and some drugs.