Osteoporosis is a loss of bone mass causing the bones to become brittle. Generally the disease occurs more often in women than men. Although women are more vulnerable to osteoporosis, there are warnings signs for men as well. Individuals with family genetics of osteoporosis are more susceptible to being diagnosed with it. The body is designed to replenish and re-generated physical matter like your bones. It may be an early warning sign of osteoporosis when new bone formations are slow at replacing existing bone. If your bones are left to weaken your risk of fracture will increase.
Individual Symptoms Will Vary
Warning signs or symptoms of early bone loss may be weakened bones. For most of us the signs of bone loss can go unnoticed over time. For example as we age we lose our height. Many see this as a natural process of aging. The truth of the matter is your bones are losing mass. Back pain that’s caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra in the spine can be an early warning sign. Other signs are more noticeable like a poor posture that causes a curvature in the back. Fluctuations in hormones can affect your bone mass. Women’s bodies rely on estrogen to retain bone mass. Men are dependent on a balance between testosterone and estrogen to maintain bone mass.
Specific Tests Can Detect Bone Loss
• Genetics disorders
• Testosterone deficiency in men
• Estrogen deficiency in women
You can request a bone density test for information on your bone health. The test will calculate your risk of breaking a bone. It will also determine your risk of getting osteoporosis. Usually, the spine, hip and forearm areas are tested. The test measures the grams of calcium and bone minerals in the bone sections. The higher the mineral content the denser the bone. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis, this test can help to monitor the condition. It’s a good idea to have the test:
Lifestyles Affect Risks Levels
• Approaching 50 years of age
• Over the age of 65
• If you’ve had a fracture
Health conditions are connected to lifestyle factors, exercise and eating habits. As we age family genetics play a major role in sustaining healthy bones. Women in general with a thin or smaller skeleton frame have a higher risk. Lifestyles aren’t always easy to change. But a little change can make a difference in preventing early stages of osteoporosis.
• Adequate calcium and vitamin D helps to keep bones strong
• Active lifestyle strengthens the muscles and bones preventing bone loss
• Long term steroid treatment add substantial risks
A healthy diet high in bone mineral content maintains stronger and denser bones. Basically, a denser bone is less likely to break easily. If you’ve already broken a bone, your physician may require a bone density test. The test becomes more critical if there’s a family history of osteoporosis.