Osteoporosis 2

Friday, July 29, 2011

Osteoporosis is a disease that results in the deterioration of bone mineral density. It affects nearly 28 million Americans, Dr. Edward Hill discusses this crippling bone condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Osteoporosis is the thinning of the bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. There are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. When your body loses calcium, your bones become weak and are more likely to break. A type of X- ray can measure the density, or strength, of your bones.

Everyone's bones become weaker as they get older, but some people's bones get weaker sooner than others. Some people are more likely to get osteoporosis, such as older people, women with early menopause, inactive people and people with a personal family history of broken bones, thyroid disease or steroid use.

If you have osteoporosis, you have a higher risk of fracture if you fall. Therefore, it is important to lower your risk of falling. To help make your bones stronger you can perform exercises with good technique. Bending, lifting and twisting should not be performed excessively for someone with osteoporosis. Be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D.

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