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Osteoporosis Overview (Infographic)

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 10:52:32 AM by healtheo360

Osteoporosis Overview: Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that causes them to weaken and become fragile - increasing the likelihood of a fracture. It is sometimes referred to as a "invisible disability" because it can exist for years without symptoms. There is no cure for osteoporosis, though there are many treatment options. Check out this infographic to learn more about osteoporosis, including risk factors, lifestyle changes, and some important statistics:

osteoporosis overview


Osteoporosis Overview - Symptoms

As bones begin to lose integrity and strength, one may experience signs and symptoms such as:

  • Back pain, caused by fractured or collapsed vertebra
  • Loss of 1 to 2 inches of height
  • Stooped posture
  • Bone break or fracture
  • Curving of the upper back (Dowager's hump)
  • Bone tenderness


Osteoporosis Overview - Diagnosis

The most common test for diagnosing osteoporosis is called the DEXA (dual energy x-ray absorptiometry) scan. This scan measures the levels of calcium in the bones, typically at the hip or upper spine. A DEXA scan is recommended for all at risk individuals, and should be performed every 2 years. Your T-score will determine whether your diagnosis is normal, osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis), osteoporosis, or severe osteoporosis. T-scores range from +1 to -2.5 and lower.


Osteoporosis Overview - Risk Factors 

  • Age (over 45)
  • Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis (especially post-menopausal women)
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Family history, genetics


Osteoporosis Overview - Prevention/Treatment

Changes in lifestyle and diet are mainstays of osteoporosis prevention and treatment plans.

  • Eat dairy products and leafy green vegetables (sources of calcium)
  • Perform weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercises to build and maintain bone density
  • Avoid or quit smoking and limit alcohol intake
  • Take vitamin D and/or calcium supplements as necessary
  • Take prescribed medication


Osteoporosis Overview - Prevalence

  • Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures every year
  • Someone experiences an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds
  • Worldwide, an estimated 200 million women are affected by osteoporosis
  • 1 in 3 women over age 50 will experience an osteoporotic fracture
  • 1 in 5 men over age 50 will experience an osteoporotic fracture





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