3 Osteoporosis Myths That You Shouldn’t Overlook
Some people don’t consider osteoporosis to be a serious condition, but this silent disease affects 54 million Americans. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because it can occur without any apparent symptoms. Not only is breaking a bone a serious complication of osteoporosis (especially with older patients), osteoporosis can also cause you to lose height, because the disease affects the vertebrae – often leading to a “stooped” or “hunched” posture. While there is a multitude of information available surrounding this disease, we wanted to highlight the three most common myths that you should not ignore.
Myth #1: Osteoporosis is not deadly.
An international report that was released in July this year highlighted the deadly contribution musculoskeletal conditions have on Australia’s aging population. This report cited osteoporosis as the greatest contribution to mortality, causing more than 1,600 deaths. A hyperlocal publication based in Chattanooga, TN also published a recent article discussing the deadly effects of bone fractures and osteoporosis in the senior citizen community.
As mentioned previously, breaking a bone is a serious complication of osteoporosis. Osteoporotic bone breaks are most likely to occur in the hip, spine or wrist (but other bones are not immune to breaking either). Due to these fractures, osteoporosis may limit mobility, which often leads to feelings of isolation and depression. What is even more alarming is that 20 percent of seniors who break a hip die within one year from either the complications related to the broken bone itself or the surgery to repair it.
Myth #2: Women are the only ones affected by this silent disease.
It is commonly assumed that osteoporosis is particularly concerning for older women, specifically those who are going through menopause. Even though more women have osteoporosis than do men, between one-quarter and one-third of all hip fractures occur in men. It is also estimated that 30 percent of all men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetimes.
In relation to women’s health and osteoporosis, younger women can also see a decline in their bone health if they maintain a lifestyle that involves crash dieting over an extended period of time, an eating disorder or even extreme exercise. Additional factors that could affect a man or woman’s bone health include: excessive smoking and alcohol consumption, family health history and an individual’s estrogen dominance.
Myth #3: Once bone loss occurs, it is impossible to rebuild your bones.
Bones in our body are living tissue that can repair themselves as pieces of older, worn-out bones are replaced by new bone. Along with having our bodies heal and generate new bone, we also have the capacity to rebuild bone mass. If you’re unsure if you suffer from osteoporosis, the first step is to ask your health care provider to conduct a bone density test.
If you’ve undergone a screening test and received an osteoporosis diagnosis, don’t fret. OsteoStrong is an all-natural wellness solution that has been scientifically proven to dramatically (and painlessly) increase bone density in just a few months. Sessions are non-invasive, do not involve breaking a sweat and take less than 10 minutes each week. To learn more about recovering your bone density, find an OsteoStrong nearest you.