Osteoporosis mainly affects women

Written by: Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego
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

Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego is a specialist in Rheumatology in the field of pain . He has a PhD in Internal Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a master's degree in Acupuncture. In his assistance aspect he is Medical Director of the instituteMYM and Clinical Coordinator of the Inflammatory & Systemic Autoimmune Diseases Multidisciplinary Unit ( ISADMU ) in the Teknon Medical Center , oriented to the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory and systemic autoimmune diseases.

He combines his work with teaching, being an associate professor at the University of Barcelona and Director of the Official Postgraduate Course of Acupuncture and Auricular Neuromodulation in the treatment of pain (Acupuncture Scientific Society of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands).

He has published more than 50 articles in scientific journals nationally and internationally in the fields of osteoporosis , gout , osteoarthritis , arthritis , spondylitis , acupuncture and pain . He currently holds the positions of Deputy Secretary of the SER and Vice President of the SCACB .

For Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego, Rheumatology is the medical specialty of reference in both musculoskeletal diseases and systemic autoimmune diseases . His integrative vision of medicine allows him to develop a medical practice oriented to the needs of each patient, reaching the efficiency and personalized healthcare excellence .

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