Osteoporosis is an illness of the bones that increases the risk for fractures. It is characterized with lowering of the bone mass, which leads to lowering of the strength of the bones and to their breaking, most often in the area of the hips and the joints.
Women are more prone to suffering from osteoporosis than men. Fractures caused by osteoporosis are almost twice time more often at women. The most struck by this are the women at period of menopause or have gone through this phase of their lives.
Osteoporosis doesn’t show any visible symptoms. It is recognized only after people suffer from fractures. This is why it is also called “silent outbreak”.
There are three factors which are most important in keeping the health of the bones throughout all our lives:
-vitamin D entry
-regular physical activity
The International Osteoporosis Foundation has made up a new, one-minute test for osteoporosis assessment, that doesn’t give you diagnose, but the more positive answers you get, the risk I bigger for suffering from osteoporosis.
1.Did some of your parents suffer from osteoporosis?
2.Did some of your parents have humpback?
3.Are you older than 40?
4.Have you had any fractures from a small fall, while being an adult?
5.Do you often fall?
6.Have your height been cut down for more than 3cm after your 40ties?
7.Are you thin (body mass index under 19)?
8.Have you taken corticosteroids for more than three months?
9.Do you have rheumatoid arthritis?
10.Do you have enhanced work of the thyroid or the parathyroid glands?
11.Do you drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day?
12.Do you smoke?
13.Are you physically active for less than half an hour a day (walks, working, light exercises)?
14.Do you avoid milk products and don’t take calcium substitute?
15.Do you spend less than 10 minutes a day in the sun?
16.Are you in menopause before turning 45?
17.Have your cycle periods been gone for more than a year (unless in case of pregnancy or menopause)?
18.Have your ovaries been taken off before 50 years old?
19.Have you suffered impotence or other problems connected to the testosterone level?