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Could you have osteoporosis?

Could you have osteoporosis?

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Osteoporosis is a very common, but treatable, bone disease that weakens your bones over time. If you have osteoporosis, you are more likely to break or fracture a bone, especially the ones in your spine, hips or wrists.
risk factors
Age: The likelihood of having osteoporosis increases as you age.
Gender: Osteoporosis affects more women than men.
Family history: If one of your parents had osteoporosis, you are more likely to get it.
Being petite: Small, thin women are at risk.
Menopause: The female hormone estrogen helps maintain bone. Estrogen levels drop with menopause when you stop having your period.
Prescription drugs: Certain medications, like steroids, cause bone loss. So can treatments for cancer, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Signs of osteoporosis
Back troubles: Did you know that back pain or a stooped posture can be connected to bone loss? Osteoporosis may have weakened the bones in your spine, causing them to fracture and compress.
Loss of height: Gradual height loss (slowly getting shorter)
is another sign that the bones in your spine may have slightly fractured.
A Broken Bone: Having undiagnosed osteoporosis may have contributed to a broken bone you got from a fall or accident.
What should I do now?
If you have any of these risk factors or signs of osteoporosis, talk to your doctor.
" You may want to get a bone mineral density test (often called a DXA scan)'a painless and noninvasive exam.
" You may want to strengthen your bones through diet, exercise and a medication plan.
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