When it comes to osteoporosis, we don’t take any chances. Because we are a home health care agency who cares, we take the greatest precautions with our clients with osteoporosis, so they can rest easy knowing they are in good hands. However, it is important that both our clients and their families understand the condition.
What Is Osteoporosis?
Directly translated as “porous bone,” osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones in your body become more porous, less dense, and ultimately more brittle. It is a common disease among aging adults, one which affects more than 50 million Americans. In fact, nearly 50% of women older than 50 and about 25% of men will break a bone due to the loss in bone density caused by osteoporosis.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
While losing bone mass as our bodies age is normal, osteoporosis takes this to the extreme. It is a direct result of the body not being able to produce the right proteins to rebuild bone, so the bones are left to decay unchecked. Research has also found a link between vitamin D deficiencies and the ability to rebuild bone.
What Are The Risk Factors Of Osteoporosis?
The good news about osteoporosis is that we understand the risk factors that lead to the development of the disease. The bad news is many of them you cannot avoid. However, there are certain steps you can take to ensure that your body has what it needs to function properly, before you develop this disease. Those at the highest risk for developing osteoporosis are:
- Vitamin D deficient
- Over the age of 65
- Have a family history of osteoporosis
- Have had a previous fracture or broken bone
If you fit into any of these categories, then see your doctor today. If you are an older adult with osteoporosis, then our home health care is right for you. Contact us today to learn more!