Osteoporosis is defined as a diffuse reduction in bone density due to decrease in bone mass. Decreased density in osteoporosis is due to deficiency of protein matrix in which calcium is laid down. It is the most common skeletal disorder in the world .It is often referred to as ‘Silent Killer’ bone loss occurs without symptom initially. Patient often present with fracture when it is diagnosed. About 1.5 million fractures occur annually worldwide due to osteoporosis.In India 1 out of 3 females suffer from osteoporosis. About 50 million patients are suffering from osteoporosis in India (By 2015). By 2050 1 out of 2 hip fractures would occur in India.
Causes Of Osteoporosis-
Osteoporosis itself has no symptoms; its main consequence is the increased risk of bone fractures. Early symptom may be acute pain which increases by sitting, sneezing coughing and relieved by rest. Typical fragility fractures occur in the vertebral column, rib, hip and wrist.
The general measures that are to be taken are:
The good news is there are many steps that can be taken to prevent and diagnosis osteoporosis. It’s now a largely treatable condition and, with a combination of lifestyle modification and appropriate medical treatment, many fractures can be avoided.