Osteoporosis is usually something we think about when we get a little older. Suddenly you may realise that you have reached a potentially vulnerable age and every so often get a pain here and there and you start to wonder what’s going on inside your body.
During your life bones have continually renewed and repaired, but as you get older the process can become unbalanced and bone loss can become a problem. Bones are gradually broken down and as you get older so your bones become less dense so they may become weaker you are more likely to break bones.
Osteoporosis can affect men and women though women are more prone because of the sudden changes that they experience during menopause.
Osteopenia is another term you may have heard of it is sometimes considered a pre-osteoporoisis stage, here bone mineral density is lower than normal.
“The form of osteoporosis most common in women after menopause is referred to as primary type 1 or postmenopausal osteoporosis. Primary type 2 osteoporosis or senile osteoporosis occurs after age 75 and is seen in both females and males at a ratio of 2:1. Secondary osteoporosis may arise at any age and affect men and women equally.” Wikipedia
The good news is you don’t have to stress out about anything. If you are at risk from osteoporosis there is a lot you can do to prevent the condition, indeed you can even reverse it.