It's not unusual for someone to break a bone if they've had a bad fall or have been in some sort of accident. But in some cases, it can happen after something as minor as a sneeze.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that happens when the body loses too much bone, makes to little bone or both. And certain people are more likely to have it.
"If you're a smoker, if you have poor absorption of like calcium and vitamin D, vitamin D deficiency, if you have problems with your parathyroid, those would all be risk factors, a family member that has had a hip fracture, like a parent with a hip fracture, that would be a major risk factor,” says Jessica Boeger, Freeman Nurse Practitioner.
Osteoporosis is a disease most people associated with women, but they aren't the only ones who can get it. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half of women and one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to the condition.
Boeger says the goal is to prevent that from happening in the first place through the use of a bone scan as well as blood work to detect problems with the way a patient's body takes in calcium and converts it into bone. She says fracture prevention is especially important when it comes to the hip.
"When patients have a hip fracture often not get back ever to the quality of life that they once had and the risk of passing away increases because they can't move around,” says Jessica Boeger.
Some of the risk factors for developing osteoporosis specifically in men include undiagnosed low levels of testosterone and lifelong low intake of calcium.
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