Osteo-K FAQ: About Osteoporosis
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Q: What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a dangerous medical condition of
Q: Can osteoporosis kill me?
Yes. About twenty percent of people with
osteoporosis who suffer a hip fracture die within one year, and of those who
survive, twenty percent end up in a nursing home.
Q: At what age do we start losing bone?
Men and women are actively building bones into
their early 30's. After that they lose bone at 0.5% to 2% per year. In women, an
accelerated rate of bone loss occurs during menopause and for about 10 years
Q: How many people have osteoporosis?
Approximately thirty four million women and men
have osteoporosis or osteopenia (pre-osteoporosis) in the United States.
Q: Can men get osteoporosis?
Yes. Men have historically been ignored in
osteoporosis health screening. However, men, like women, should be screened for
Q: Is osteoporosis or osteopenia more dangerous?
Osteopenia. The majority of fractures actually
occur in people with osteopenia.
Q: Does exercise prevent fractures?
Yes. Exercise can increase muscle mass, strength,
and balance, thereby decreasing the risk for falling and suffering an
osteoporotic fracture. Muscle strengthening and balance exercises (eg, Chi Gong,
Tai Chi) have been shown to decrease risk for fall and fall-related injuries by
75% among women aged seventy-five years and older.
Q: How is osteoporosis treated?
In addition to recommending exercise, osteoporosis treatments include a calcium supplement, vitamin D and usually one of several different medications.