December 13, 2017

Prevention

Prevention of Osteoporosis: Symptoms and Risk Factors

Naomi Loomis broke her hip due to Osteoporosis at the young age of 39.  Because of this Naomi has now dedicated herself to informing others about the dangers of Osteoporosis and supporting The National Osteoporosis Foundation. Those living with Osteoporosis, like Naomi Loomis, are faced with day to day challenges that most people don’t think twice about.  Someone living with Osteoporosis has to think about something as easy as getting out of bed.  A simple misplaced foot could cause a fall and result in a broken hip or wrist.

The most common form of Osteoporosis is found in postmenopausal women. Unfortunately the disease does not always present symptoms early on, therefore those suffering from Osteoporosis might not seek treatment until they fracture a bone.  This is why It is important for both men and women to learn the symptoms and risk factors of Osteoporosis in order to better treat and prevent broken bones due to Osteoporosis.  As with many other diseases, there are many factors that contribute to the diagnosis.

Osteoporosis Symptoms and Risk FactorsSymptoms of Osteoporosis:

  • Back pain
  • Poor, slumped posture
  • Gradual loss of height
  • Hip, wrist, or spine fractures
  • The appearance of a hump in the spine

Osteoporosis Risk Factors:

  • Low calcium intake
  • Low body weight
  • Alcoholism
  • Poor general health
  • Early menopause (in women)
  • Hereditary
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Falling
  • Not enough physical activity

The possibility of being diagnosed with Osteoporosis does increase with age, however in cases like Naomi Loomis’ one can be diagnosed in their thirties. Simply put, Osteoporosis is the thinning of bones.  Because symptoms are not common in the early stages of Osteoporosis, it is important to be aware of the symptoms and risk factors so one can consult with their doctor.

At this time there is no cure for Osteoporosis.  Naomi Loomis supports The National Osteoporosis Foundation, as it is the only charity to benefit those with Osteoporosis in the United States.  She urges people to remain educated about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for those suffering from Osteoporosis as the search for a cure continues.

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