Thursday, May 27, 2010

Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density

over time. There are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Dr. Edward Hill discusses osteoporosis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Osteoporosis literally means bones that are porous or weak. When your body loses calcium, your bones become weak and are more likely to break.

Everyones bones become weaker as they get older, but some peoples 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 or family history of broken bones, thyroid disease or steroid use.

A type of X-ray can measure the density, or strength, of your bones. If you have osteoporosis, you have a higher risk of fracture if you fall. Therefore, it is important to lower your risk of falling. You can do this by exercising. You can also add handrails on stairs and in bathrooms, and remove loose rugs from your home.

Be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D. Make sure you exercise most days of the week. It is also important to avoid smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol.

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