The condition of osteoporosis is one that is all too common, especially among women who have hit menopause as well as men who are over the age of 50. Many people are surprised to know that osteoporosis can actually be predicted and timely action can be taken before the ailment progresses and worsens. There are several forms of rheumatism treatment, but in my opinion, preventing the ailment is a good alternative.
We will be listing down the factors that should force you to think twice and give you reasons to see a rheumatologist. Read on….
Medical And Genetic Factors
There are several biological and genetic dispositions that put one more at risk. Women are more at risk of osteoporosis and bone breakage, much more than men are. Once women hit menopause, the risk is exponentially increased.
- Age and bone deterioration go hand-in-hand- The older you are, the greater you are at risk of contracting the ailment.
- Family History– If you have family members that have had fractures or are diagnosed with osteoporosis, then the risk for you is greater as well.
- The Body Frame– The smaller the body frame, the greater the risk as there is less bone mass to draw out from as one age, and bones deteriorate.
- Thyroid Problems– If you have a thyroid imbalance, especially high thyroid levels then it accelerates bone loss.
- Hormones- Lowered sex hormones have an effect on bone density. This is exactly why women when they hit menopause are at high risk. The risk of bone loss can be at 5% every year for the next five years. The same applies to men as well- men who have testosterone imbalance following treatment or prostate cancer, tend to fall victim to bone loss.
Even if none of the above sticks with you, the risk of osteoporosis can increase when:
Calcium Intake Is Low
Calcium is the building block of the skeletal system. Having a diet that is deficient in calcium slows down the rate at which bones build and reach its peak density, increasing the chances of fractures later on.
Medication & Other Diseases
Even medication, such as corticosteroids can interfere with bone-building. Diseases such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, kidney diseases and cancer can wreak havoc and disrupt your bone health.
If you have ticked off one or more of the above mentioned possible reasons for contracting osteoporosis, then it is advised that you visit a qualified rheumatologist, so as to get a diagnosis regarding your bone health and your body, in general.