OSTEOPOROSIS

What is Osteoporosis and why is it important to treat it?

Osteoporosis develops when the balance between bone formation and bone resorption processes is disturbed. This results in depletion of the bone. Overtime, osteoporosis may weaken the bones to the point of fracturing. In fact, the bone bay be so weak that it may fracture from a sudden blow or a fall.(4,5)

Osteoporosis is a silent illness:

Below are some early warning signs or symptoms:
You may not even know you have osteoporosis – until you break a bone.

Common signs of fractures in the vertebrae include(6):

  • ‎Loss of height
  • ‎Spine curvature‎
  • ‎Severe back pain

Osteoporosis affects millions of people just like you. You are not alone.

For further information, contact your doctor.

Osteoporotic fractures are common in different body parts:

osteoporotic fracture

Each new fracture increases the risk for another one.

Fracture chain

References:

  1. Kanis JA, et al. Osteoporos Int. 2001;12(5):417-427.
  2. NOF. Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis. http://www.nof.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/NOF_ClinicianGuide2009_v7.pdf
  3. Kanis JA, et al. Osteoporos Int. 2001;12(12):989-995.
  4. Liberman U, et al. אוסטאופורוזיס במבוגרים אבחון, מניעה וטיפול עמדת עיל"א, הר"י המועצה המדעית והאגף להבטחת איכות 2011.
  5. ‎NOF.‎ Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis.January 2010.
  6. AACE Postmenopausal Osteoporosis Guidelines, Endocr Pract 2010;16 (suppl 3)
  7. Rosen H, et al. "Calcium and Vitamin D supplementation in Osteoporosis. UpToDate. Topic update Oct 22nd 2014
  8. Siris ES, et al. Osteoporos Int. 2007;18(6):761-770.
  9. IOF.Facts and statistics about osteoporosis and its impact. http://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-and-statistics.html
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