Effects of Osteoporosis

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Osteoporosis is a crippling disease that deteriorates the bones, leading to fractures and other ailments. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at the effects of this disease on the elderly.

Dr. Hill:

Osteoporosis is the progressive loss of bone density that often occurs with advancing age. Once a woman reaches age 60, she has a one in four chance of breaking a bone because of osteoporosis.

Elderly people who suffer from severe osteoporosis experience hip, wrist, spine and other traumatic fractures from minor falls that would normally not occur in young adults. Other effects of osteoporosis include loss of height, restricted mobility and a humped back.

Thirty percent of females and 15 percent of males over age 60 demonstrate clinical evidence of osteoporosis, and one third of women ages 45 to 95 show serious bone deterioration. The number of fractures associated with osteoporosis is estimated at 1.5 million per year.

The key to avoiding severe effects from osteoporosis is prevention. A balanced diet rich in calcium, performing regular weight-bearing exercise such as walking or aerobics, limiting alcohol intake and not smoking can help. Consult your doctor about evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.