Osteoporosis mainly affects women

Written by: Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego
Published: | Updated: 20/02/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that primarily affects women. It is a disease in which the bone loses density and increases its internal porosity. This results in a more brittle and less shock resistance bone, leading to an increased risk of bone fractures.

osteoporosis According to specialists in rheumatology , it is a very common disease in Spain, since it is the most important determinant of fracture in people over 50 years. The risk of these people to present an osteoporotic fracture is 40% for women and 13% for men. Osteoporosis mainly affects women due to estrogen hormone deficiency, generating a loss of bone mass at menopause.

 

Risk factors for osteoporosis

The main factors that influence the risk of developing osteoporosis are genetics, advanced age, being female, previous fractures, a sedentary lifestyle, snuff, alcohol intake deficits and consumption of certain drugs.

The main consequence of osteoporosis, which is both its main symptom is bone fracture. These types of fractures can occur at low impact shock such as a fall on the floor, or appear spontaneously. The most common vertebral bone fractures are the hip and wrist.

 

Osteoporosis Treatment

Treatment for osteoporosis aims to reduce the number of bone fractures. There are many different types of treatments such as oral, subcutaneous and intravenous. It is important to conduct a thorough patient history to indicate the most appropriate treatment for their needs.

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By Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego
Rheumatology

Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego is a leading rheumatologist and medical acupuncturist. An expert in osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia and pain in acupuncture. Its status as premier specialist has earned him to be appointed Deputy Secretary of the Spanish Society of Rheumatology and Vice President of the Scientific Society of Acupuncture. His academic training stands out for its extraordinary prize of Doctorate in Internal Medicine and Master of Acupuncture from the University of Barcelona, ​​which currently offers teaching and gives accreditation as an acupuncturist by the College of Physicians of Barcelona.

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