The Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis/Osteopenia

Osteoporosis and osteopenia both involve low bone density, with osteoporosis being the most severe form. People with osteoporosis have brittle bones, which increases the risk of bone fracture, particularly in the hip, spine, and wrist.

Osteoporosis in Women
Premenopausal women are partially protected against bone loss by the hormone called estrogen. However, the decline in estrogen secretion that accompanies menopause allows calcium to escape from bone, encouraging the development of low bone density.

Osteoporosis in Men
In men, testosterone partially protects against bone loss even after middle age. Osteoporosis is a silent disease that may not be noticed until a broken bone occurs. One in four women over the age of 50 has osteoporosis. At least one in eight men over 50 also has the disease.

Signs & Symptoms
Signs may include diminished height, rounded shoulders, dowager’s hump, and evidence of bone loss from diagnostic tests. Symptoms may include neck or back pain. It is best diagnosed by a bone mineral density test, which requires a special X-Ray machine and/or a specialized type of ultrasound machine.

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