Osteoporosis, the most common type of bone disease is a condition that progressively causes bones to become more fragile, thus increasing the likelihood of a fracture. Generally speaking, osteoporosis affects those over the age of 50. Over time, the chance of a fracture due to osteoporosis rises because bone loss increases bone fragility.
Calcium and phosphate is two common minerals known for keeping the skeletal system healthy. Shockingly, the body is in a constant state of breaking down old bone to make new bone. However, when the process of bone breakdown exceeds bone creation, there is bone loss. When the body absorbs calcium and phosphate rather than keeping them in the bones, the bones weaken. This, in turn, can lead to bone fractures.
Causes of osteoporosis include menopause, illnesses causing long term bed confinement, hormone treatments for prostate and breast cancer, and long term steroid usage. Sometimes, family history may be enough to contribute to the development of osteoporosis. Also, if calcium intake is not sufficient, new bone growth will suffer. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, so it is vital to take in enough of both vitamins to positively contribute to the bone growth process.
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