When the body makes too little bone, loses too much bone, or both, the bone disease that occurs is referred to as osteoporosis. Bones become weak, as a result, and can break from something as minor as a bump or sneezing in serious cases, or from a fall.
Healthy bones, when viewed under a microscope, look like a honeycomb. But bones become more porous with osteoporosis. Compared to a healthy bone, there are larger honeycombs (spaces and holes) present. These bones contain abnormal tissue structure because they’ve lost mass and density. They’re more likely to break because they are weak.
Some medicines affect bone density, though osteoporosis is frequently experienced by retirement age individuals, regardless of medication. If you have a loved one who has broken a bone, and they are over the age of 50, it might be time to confer with their physician regarding a bone density test.
In addition to age and medicines, there are various causes of osteoporosis including certain medical procedures and health problems. We’ll explore some osteoporosis contributing factors here.
- In men, lower levels of estrogen and testosterone
- In women, premature menopause and irregular periods
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Hyperthyroidism and hyperparathyroidism
- Eating disorders
Bone Marrow and Blood Disorders
Nervous/Neurological System Disorders
- Spinal cord injuries
- MS (multiple sclerosis)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Multiple myeloma
- Lymphoma and leukemia
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- Gastrointestinal bypass
Gastrointestinal and Digestive Disorders
- Weight loss surgery
- IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
- Celiac disease
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Multiple sclerosis
- RA (rheumatoid arthritis)
Other Conditions and Diseases
- Weight loss
- Including malnutrition, a poor diet
- Post-polio syndrome and polio
- Organ transplants
- Including biliary cirrhosis, liver disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Female athlete triad (includes excessive exercise, an eating disorder, and loss of menstrual periods)
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), including emphysema
- Some steroid medicines
- Excess thyroid hormones
- Some SSRIs (serotonin reuptake inhibitors)
- PPIs (proton pump inhibitors)
- For contraception, medroxyprogesterone
- GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone)
- Tacrolimus (FK506) and cyclosporine A
- Chemotherapeutic drugs for cancer
- Aromatase inhibitors
- Some anti-seizure medicines
- Antacids containing aluminum
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At our community, thanks to our Dimensions Health and Fitness program, nutritious meals, and numerous resort-like features, staying happy and healthy can be enjoyable and fun. Whether your loved one needs a bit of assistance or can live independently, all of our programs are designed to promote socialization, healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and provide mental stimulation. Our retirement community also schedules events like parties, celebrations, and more to give everyone the opportunity to make friends and thoroughly revel in retirement living.
We are also happy to offer our skilled and knowledgeable care team to assist your loved one with medication management, if they could use a bit of assistance in that category.
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