Osteoporosis Causes and Prevention

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density. The decrease in bone mass leads to an increase in the risk of fractures. Even though osteoporosis affects different ages and ethnicity, there are a few factors that make people more susceptible to developing the bone disease.

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Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Developing Osteoporosis

  • Sex: 80 percent of osteoporosis cases affect women.
  • Age: As we get older, our bones naturally become weaker and lose density.
  • Being too thin: Having a small, thin frame increases your risk of developing osteoporosis. However, people with heavier frames are still able to develop the disease.
  • Menopause: Menopause decreases the amount of estrogen your body is producing. Estrogen is the female sex hormone that protects bones.
  • A family history of osteoporosis: Much like a lot of diseases, there is an increased risk of developing osteoporosis if either of your parents has it.

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Lifestyle Factors that Affect Osteoporosis

  • Inactivity: Exercise strengthens bones as much as it strengthens muscles. Strong bones are less likely to fracture or lose density over time.
  • Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis by interfering with the function of bone cells and interfering with proper calcium absorption.
  • Nutrition: Calcium improves bone strength and Vitamin D helps bones absorb calcium. To lower your chance of developing osteoporosis, make sure you reach your daily calcium and vitamin D goals.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption: Consuming large amounts of alcohol is bad for a variety of reasons, one of which being the impact it has on your calcium supply. Limit yourself to less than two drinks per day.

Treatment for Osteoporosis in Gainesville, FL

If you think you are at risk for Osteoporosis, contact Gainesville Women’s Center for Radiology at (352) 331-0115 or schedule your appointment online.

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