Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones. It can affect a person of any age, but Caucasian and Asian women tend to be more at risk that others. Healthy bone naturally has many tiny holes or pores that allow nutrients and blood to flow in and out. When osteoporosis is present, the holes become larger, creating spaces that cause the bone to become weak and brittle. Individuals who have osteoporosis are much more susceptible to fractures and bone breaks than someone who has stronger, denser bone. Bone is just like any other tissue within the body. The tissue breaks down and is constantly replaced with new, stronger tissue. When osteoporosis occurs, the new tissue is less dense and much weaker than the original.
Doctors will often recommend bisphosphonates to help restore and strengthen bone tissue. Hormone replacement therapy may also be considered if the condition is believed to be associated with the level of estrogen and other hormones in the body. The consumption of soy proteins can contribute to reducing the amount of bone loss a person experiences with Osteoporosis. Positive lifestyle changes are encouraged as they relate to diet and exercise. The right types of calcium rich foods and exercising on a regular basis keeps both muscle and bone tissue strong and healthy.
Any person of any race or age can have osteoporosis. The condition may be the result of a poor diet, hormonal imbalances, or the aging process. While it seems that Caucasian and Asian women may seem to be more susceptible to the condition, it can occur within any man or woman. Women who are past the age of menopause and have hormone imbalances associated with the reproductive hormones seem to be most at risk. With over 54 million Americans being diagnosed with the condition, it is important to remember that positive lifestyle changes associated with diet and exercise may be beneficial in managing the condition.
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