It may seem like one of the toughest parts of our bodies, but bone is actually tissue that’s constantly being broken down and replaced. When the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone, osteoporosis occurs. This disease causes bones to become so weak and so brittle, that a fall or even minor actions like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture.
Signs of osteoporosis
In the early stages of this condition, there are usually no noticeable symptoms. But once your bones have been affected by osteoporosis, you may have signs and symptoms that include:
- Back pain resulting from a fractured or collapsed vertebra
- Height loss over time
- A stooped posture
- A bone fracture in the hip, wrist or spine caused by a seemingly minor action or incident
Causes of osteoporosis
Some causes of this disease are simply out of your control, such as age and being a woman. Other causes include:
- Hormonal imbalances – Having too much or too little of certain hormones in your body, such as estrogen or thyroid hormones, can play a part in weakening your bones. In fact, the loss of estrogen in women during menopause is one of the highest risk factors for developing osteoporosis.
- Low calcium intake – This contributes to diminished bone density, early bone loss and an increased risk of fractures.
- Eating disorders – Restricting or outright denying your body of key nutrients can weaken bones.
- Surgery – Gastrointestinal procedures that reduce the size of the stomach or remove part of the intestine reduce the body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients, including calcium.
- Being sedentary – If you tend to sit more often than you move, you’re at a higher risk of osteoporosis. Stay active to strengthen your bones by walking, running, jumping, dancing and weightlifting.
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