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Osteoporosis, or the weakening of bones in layman terms, is a widely prevalent health concern. Fractures caused by the condition can affect mobility and everyday chores. And so, the earlier you start taking care of your bone health, the better your overall health will be in your later years.
Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over, will suffer a osteoporotic fracture, according to the Intentional Osteoporosis Foundation.
When our bones become thin and porous, they are more likely to break easily due to fractures. These fractures often go unnoticed even when they are caused by osteoporosis, which does not show major symptoms until things go bad, explains Dr GV Reddy, Senior Consultant – Orthopedics, Joint Replacement and Arthroscopy, Manipal Hospitals, Vijayawada.
Keep an eye out for these symptoms, and detect the onset of the condition in time. Then consult a doctor without delay, suggests Dr Reddy.
Osteoporosis is a serious condition, but you can adopt certain measures to decrease your risk of suffering from it, and reduce your chance of being a victim of fractures.
Here’s what Dr Gaurav Rathore, Director, Department of Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement, Jaypee Hospital (Noida), suggests for protection and strengthening of your bones:
Support groups or self-help groups help in coping with and managing the disease emotionally.
Serious mental complications like depression and anxiety are observed among patients who reach an adverse stage of osteoporosis where it becomes irreversible. These are sensitive times when one needs to be careful. A positive ambience along with support from loved ones can go a long way.