by Marshaneil Soumi D’ Rozario|28th November, 2019
Osteoporosis can lead to weak and brittle bones. The bones may become so brittle that even a fall or bending or coughing can invite a fracture in the hip, wrist or spine. Do you know that Osteoporosis is called a silent disease? It is called so, because bones become weak with no symptoms. You may not know that you have it until a strain or fall causes a bone to break. Falls are especially dangerous for people with osteoporosis.
If you break a bone, you might need a long time to recover. Half of all postmenopausal women and a quarter of men over 50 years old will have an osteoporosis-related fracture. It can be easily detected by a bone density scan and treatments available to make your bones strong. It is wise not to ignore osteoporosis especially if you are above 60 years of age or have other conditions that can cause weak bones. Dr. Dipti Patel, Rheumatologist Consultant, Wockhardt Hospital Mumbai Central answers questions about bone loss.
1. Is it prudent to take OTC medications for the prevention of bone loss?
It is important to include calcium and vitamin D in your diet as it is important to keep bones healthy. However, the requirement for calcium daily increases with age or in some cases when you have other medical illnesses and hence cannot be completely relied on dietary sources. In such cases it is important to take supplements of calcium and vitamin D. Don't self-medicate but see your doctor and discuss your requirements and suitability of the same. The doses, duration, and suitability will be determined by your specialist.
2. Can medicines taken for other illnesses cause bone loss?
Yes, certain medications especially steroids are taken some medical conditions. If it is taken for more than 3 months increase the risk of thinning your bones, also other medical illnesses like thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases and celiac diseases increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.
3. What is the Treatment?
If osteoporosis is established and the risk of fracture is high, various treatments are available to be taken along with calcium supplements to treat osteoporosis. The treating doctor will determine which is the most effective and suitable treatment for you.
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