Osteoporosis early warning signs – the three symptoms you shouldn’t overlook



    Osteoporosis is when bones become weak and brittle, making them fragile and far more likely to break. As osteoporosis tends to develop slowly over several years it often isn’t detected until a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break. Here are three early warning signs you shouldn’t ignore.

    Osteoporosis affects more than three million people in the UK.

    Osteoporosis happens when the formation of new bone fails to keep up with the loss of old bone, which leads to a loss of bone density.

    The bones of those with the condition slowly become weaker over time which sharply increases the risk of fractures.

    In the most serious cases, bones can become so brittle that even mild stresses, such as coughing or bending over, can cause painful fractures.

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    Often Brits can spot their elderly relatives increasingly adopting a stooped-over posture – something which can often be attributed to osteoporosis.

    This happens as the bones in the spine have broken or weakened, making it difficult to support the weight of the body, as a result, a bent forward posture may develop.

    Similarly, a sense that someone has lost height can be attributed to this.

    Who is most likely to develop osteoporosis?

    Losing bone density is a normal part of the ageing process, but some lose bone far faster than others, which can lead to osteoporosis.

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    • Not exercising often
    • Smoking and drinking heavily
    • Having a low body mass index

    How can you avoid osteoporosis?

    Sadly for some, the condition will be unavoidable as they age, but there are some key steps you should take to help maintain healthy bones.

    The NHS recommends Brits take regular exercise, eat healthily (including foods rich in calcium and vitamin d), give up smoking and excessive alcohol consumption in order to keep their bones as strong as possible.


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