Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to gradually thin and weaken, leaving them susceptible to fractures.

Although all bones can be affected by the disease, the bones of the spine, hip, and wrist are most likely to break. In elderly people, hip fractures can be particularly dangerous because the prolonged immobility required during the healing process can lead to blood clotsor pneumonia, both of which can have fatal consequences.

Although some loss of bone density is a natural part of aging, certain women are at higher risk for developing the very porous bones and bone fractures associated with osteoporosis. Women who are thin or have a small frame are at higher risk, as are those who smoke, drink more than moderately, or live a sedentary lifestyle. Women with a family history of hip fracture and those who have had their ovaries removed, especially before age 40, are also more prone to the condition.

Diagnostic Test

Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test can be done to check the strength and density of the bones.

Treatment of osteoporosis varies, depending on how severe it is. Osteoporosis can be treated with medications as well as injections. These medication should be taken consecutively for a few years. Repeat BMD test will be done every two years to check the efficacy of the treatment.

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