What You Need to Know About Osteoporosis
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is characterized by disturbed bone metabolism, which makes the bone thinner and more porous. Bone mass decreases and the bones lose stability. In an advanced stage, the bones are so porous that even small falls or heavy lifting can lead to fractures, such as vertebral body fractures or femoral neck fractures.
Who does osteoporosis affect?
Osteoporosis is widespread. Most affected are women after menopause. Every fourth woman over 50 suffers from osteoporosis. After menopause, the risk increases again. Approximately 25% of osteoporosis cases occur in men.
There are basically some risk factors for the development of osteoporosis. These include a positive family history, immobility, underweight, malnutrition or low muscle mass. Other diseases, such as POI (premature ovarian insufficiency), also increase the risk of osteoporosis. Early prevention is particularly important if you are at increased risk.
What can you do yourself to prevent osteoporosis?
A healthy lifestyle, a balanced, calcium-rich diet and regular endurance and strength training can help prevent osteoporosis. If necessary, supplementation with calcium and vitamin D is also recommended.
How can you treat osteoporosis?
It is important to identify and treat osteoporosis as early as possible so that fractures can be prevented and further bone loss can be stopped. The treatment of osteoporosis is based on three pillars: an exercise program, a balanced diet with a high calcium content and drug treatment. The specialists of the PremiQaMed private hospitals are happy to advise on prevention, diagnosis and therapy.
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