What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by weak and brittle bones. Osteoporosis is a term to discribe porous bones. Sometimes the bones can become so brittle that activities like bending over, lifting a vacuum or coughing can cause a fracture.
What causes Osteoporosis?
In most cases, the brittle and weak bones are caused by low levels of calcium, phosphorous and other minerals in your bones.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?
In the early stages of bone loss, symptoms may not be noticible. However, as bones continue to weaken, some of the symptoms are: Back pain, Loss of height over time, with an accompanying stooped posture, Fracture of the vertebrae, wrists, hips or other bones.
The strength of your bones depends on their mass and density. Bone density partially depends on the amount of calcium, phosphorus and other minerals bones contain. When your bones contain less mineral, their strength is decreased.