What is Osteoporosis and what are some of the causes?
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue. Bone is a living tissue and is in a constant state of renewal, meaning that new bone is being made while old bone is broken down. When you are younger, your bone mass increases because your body can sustainably renew bone. Most individuals reach their peak bone mass by their early 20s and as you age, your bone begins to weaken which can lead to osteoporosis.
Here are some of the risk factors and causes:
- Age – The older you are, the greater your risk of developing osteoporosis
- Sex – Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis
- Family History – A parent or sibling with osteoporosis puts you at a greater risk
Because your bone is weaker, several complications can occur like bone fractures leading to pain and soreness. The most serious fractures can happen in the spine or hip often caused from a fall. Sometimes the vertebrae in your spine weaken causing back pain and poor posture. Osteoporosis can also lead to joint pain in your knees and other areas of high impact.
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Source: Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoporosis/symptoms-causes/dxc-20207860