When bone loss owing to old age outweighs the formation of new bones, the condition is known as osteoporosis. It results in brittle bones and joint pains that hinders overall mobility. Poor dietary habits in childhood and prolonged usage of certain medications have been recognized as potential triggers of bone loss. Osteoporosis, although a lifelong condition, symptoms can be effectively managed by switching to nutritious diets, indulging in regular exercise and taking medications as prescribed by a trained orthopaedist.
One in every three women over the age of 50 suffers from osteoporosis with 80% of the total affected population going undiagnosed with recurring symptoms of pain and restricted movements. General osteoporosis symptoms include readily breaking of bones, chronic joint pains and difficulty in maintaining an upright posture. Fractures owing to osteoporosis occurs mainly along the vertebral column, rib, hip and wrists. A family history of osteoporosis, specific medications and sedentary lifestyle with a poor diet are prime reasons that lead to the onset of this disease. Osteoporosis treatments begin at a personal level by abstaining from smoke/alcohol addictions, taking up resistance exercises and medications to boost calcium levels that serve as the most effective nutrient in enriching bone density. This World Osteoporosis Day let’s commit to a graceful ageing by taking up bone-healthy habits.