Osteoporosis at-a-glance

 WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS?

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture (broken bones), particularly hip, spine and wrists.

 

SECONDARY OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis that results from having another diseases or condition from the treatment of another is called secondary osteoporosis. This fact sheet will present a brief summary of the commoner causes of secondary osteoporosis.

 
     

 
     

DIAGNOSIS

How strong are your bones? Assessing your risk and testing for bone loss are keys to diagnosing osteoporosis. This section is designed to help you assess your risk of osteoporosis so that you may take preventive action.

 

DRUG TREATMENT

For individuals with osteoporosis, there is now a variety of drug treatments available. The primary aim of drug treatments is to reduce fractures.

 
     

 
     

LIVING WELL WITH OSTEOPOROSIS

Managing osteoporosis to live a full and active life — you are not alone. This section contains the collective wisdom of many individuals who have adjusted their diagnosis.

 

 MEN AND OSTEOPOROSIS

Although it is more common in women, osteoporosis is a serious health issue for men. According to a Canadian study of healthy men and women, the number of broken bones (also known as fractures) of the spine is similar in men and women over the age of 50.                                                 

 
     

 
     


 
NUTRITION

Calcium is a crucial way to maintain life. Just about every cell in the body, including those in the heart, nerves and muscles, relies on calcium to function properly. Bones require calcium to maintain their strength.       

 

 OSTEOPOROSIS & OSTEOARTHRITIS

Despite the fact that osteoporosis, arthritis and osteoarthritis (a form of arthritis) are completely different conditions, they are frequently confused, in particular osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, because both names start with “osteo.”                        

 
     

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical activity is an important factor in the risk reduction and treatment of osteoporosis. Physical activity assists in building and maintaining healthy bones, improving muscle strength, posture, balance and coordination and reducing the risk of falls and broken bones (fractures).

   
   
     

 
 

 




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