Unmasking Osteoporosis: The Silent Thief

Janice CarsonJanice Carson

Osteoporosis has always been one of the most easily acquired bone diseases since its causative agents are usually inevitable throughout the development of human. Scientists who engage in research endeavors usually take the symptoms of osteoporosis as their main subject of researchbut until now, osteoporosis remains a silent thief because of its ability to hide the manifestations of its presence.

Unmasking Osteoporosis: The Silent ThiefThings are different now because the modern technological advancements have given way to the innovation of complex and sophisticated machineries that are geared towards the detection of even the least visible illness. Below are some conventional means of detecting the presence of low density bones in your body.

  • Radiography
  • Measurement of bone mineral density (e.g. x-ray absorptiometry)
  • Blood tests
  • Bone densitometry

Women aged 65 and above are encouraged to have bone screening using densitometry so that potential emergence of osteoporosis might still be prevented. Later on, all women are recommended to have scans since they are more prone to osteoporosis compared to men.

Following the Tracks and Clues

Identification of the symptoms of unmasking osteoporosis is hard to do because the silent thief leaves no traces of its invasion. Porous bone development takes a lot of time without giving clues to the patient. However, some signs can be seen if the condition has gotten worse.

Some symptoms include the following:

  • Difficulty standing especially on prolonged periods is an early indication of osteoporosis.
  • Ease of sitting and standing on a stooping position is a visible sign of porous bones.
  • Joint pains may also indicate osteoporosis especially if prevalent.
  • If the person acquires bone fractures more than once, it may imply that his bone density is relatively low.
  • Development of kyphosis or dowager’s hump may show.
  • Upon the introduction of osteoporosis, the patient may decrease height considerably.

This bone ailment is caused by many factors such as the genetic makeup of the individual, exposure to heavy metals, deficiency of nutrients such as vitamin D and calcium, aging and unhealthy lifestyle. Some of these things can be countered by the right attitude while others like the genetic makeup are not modifiable.

One should stop the aggravation of the symptoms of osteoporosis because even the slightest mechanical prodding from coughing and sneezing has the ability to damage and break the bones in the body. Hips and the lower extremities are the usual victims of bone breakage because they are the body parts which bear almost the entire weight of the body.

The Verdict

People must be educated about the health risks, causes and effects of osteoporosis so that they will care enough to take high regards for their health. Abstinence from alcohol and tobacco will do a lot in preserving not only the skeletal system but the whole body as well. Supply of right adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals will result to healthier body and sound mind. People should not let themselves experience the inconvenience of sicknesses before waking up.