Did you know…
- Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones become weak and fragile—osteoporosis meaning “porous bones.” It is more commonly seen in women then men.
- There are no symptoms with osteoporosis but the likelihood of a bone fracture or break is much higher. The most common bones fractured due to osteoporosis are the hip, backbone and wrist.
- There are many causes but some of the most common are change in hormones, lack of physical exercise and poor diet.
- Osteoporosis is diagnosed by a radiation test called a bone density test. This test measures the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of the bone. It is a painless, non-invasive test that is most commonly done on the lumber spine and the upper part of the hip.
- Preventative measures and treatment of osteoporosis include a healthy life style, such as regular exercise and sufficient amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D in the diet. Medication can also be used to treat this disease.
Learn more about osteoporosis or other types of arthritis at osteoporosis.ca.