Osteoporosis is called the silent
disease. Why is that? Simply stated, we
do not know we have it until a bone is broken.
Then the doctor starts to look for reasons that a fracture happened. After
50 years of age weak bones are often the cause. Take a moment to think
about the people you know. You can probably name someone in your family,
or where you work that has been diagnosed with this diease. We commonly think of it as a woman’s disease.
While it is true that one in two women will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture it is also true that one in four men, (some studies are
now saying three) will break a bone due to Osteoporosis.
Fractures related to this are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer
Until about the age of thirty, the
body naturally produces more bone cells than it loses. But, around that age
your bones reach a maximum density. Unless the body is stimulated to
continue to produce bone cells, it begins to decrease the production of
replacement cells. The body continues to remove old bone cells, removing
them faster than they are replaced.
current trend of the medical profession is to medicate the disease through
prescription drugs. Drugs used to slow
Osteoporosis are designed to stop the body from removing old bone cells.
This causes brittle bones, meaning a hard shell is built up on the bone and the
inside of the bone is still as weak as it was when the medication was first