The weakening of the bones caused by a reduction in the calcium normally stored there.
Patients are at risk for osteoporosis if they are:
- Low body weight
- Have taken steroids
- Have digestive problems
- Had kidney stones
- Have a family history of bone loss or fractures
- Above the age of 70
Typically, there are no symptoms. Osteoporosis is detected by a special x-ray called a DEXA. It is ordered by your doctor and can be used to track the degree of improvement with treatment. Unfortunately, some people are only diagnosed after a spine or hip fracture. This condition is painless.
- Calcium supplements
- Vitamin D3
- Weight-bearing exercise.
- Fall prevention
- Medications that help put calcium BACK into the bone.