Symptoms and Prevention of Osteoporosis

By: hunter
Both women and men suffer from osteoporosis but women are much more likely to contract the disease. You might think your bones and strong and unbreakable, but you could be very wrong. Osteoporosis doesn't show its symptoms until it has become severe and by that time, there's not much you can do about it.

Osteoporosis is the condition in which your bones become thinner, fragile and more apt to break. This disease is very painful until bones break and fractures usually occur in the hip, spine and wrist. Any bone in your body can be affected by osteoporosis but the ones that break the most are in the hip area. This is a most severe break for a person because it usually requires a hospital stay and surgery. It also could require a person to walk with a cane because of the break or it may take away their ability to walk altogether. Death can even occur from spinal or vertebral injuries due to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis can be prevented if you start taking calcium when you're young. Calcium will help keep your bones strong and unbreakable throughout the rest of your life. So, talk to your doctor and see how much calcium you should be getting per day. Once you know the dosage, you can choose the right type of calcium for you.

Taking calcium doesn't have to be boring anymore. You can choose from pills, chews or even "candy" to get your recommended dose of calcium. Pills have been around for ever but the chews are a slightly new invention. They come in grape, orange and strawberry flavors and you can suck or chew them until they're gone. There are also candy calcium chews that taste like caramel or chocolate. So, there really is no excuse why you aren't getting calcium every day. Teenagers need to take calcium as well, to ensure that they don't get osteoporosis one day either.
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