Our bodies are constantly removing bone and rebuilding it. When this cycle is out of sync, with the body, the result can be more bone loss than bone building and repair, which results in osteopenia or osteoporosis depending on the amount of bone loss that has occurred and is measured by a DXA scan.
Osteoporosis Is Unavoidable
Bone loss from osteoporosis can be prevented and treated. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF): although there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are steps you can take to prevent, slow or stop its progress. In some cases, you may even be able to improve bone density and reverse the disorder to some degree. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D as well as are essential to bone health. There are also medications available to reduce the risk of broken bones. These medicines either (1) slow or stop bone loss or (2) rebuild bone (NOF 2015).
Osteoporosis Isn’t Serious
Some view broken bones as an inconvenient health issue that will heal, which it does; but some fractures can shorten your life, cause chronic pain, limited mobility and cause organ compression. Multiple spinal fractures can cause loss of height, compressed