Osteoporosis—also known as loss of bone density—is a serious health concern. Many patients are surprised to learn that there are typically no warning signs that osteoporosis is developing. In fact, many patients do not even know that they have the condition until they experience a fracture and undergo imaging tests. But in some cases, it is possible to spot warning signs.
If you experience any early signs of osteoporosis, you might notice overall discomfort first. Cramping, bone pain, and muscle aches can all point to osteoporosis. These symptoms are also in line with vitamin D deficiency, which can also contribute to bone loss.
Reduced Strength and Fitness Level
According to some studies, decreased hand gripping strength is the most significant physical factor when it comes to a loss of bone mineral density. Additionally, if you were previously physically active but experienced a decline, it is possible that your bone mass has gradually been on the decline as well.
Loss of Height
Although this sign is more commonly seen in patients with more advanced osteoporosis, you may notice a declining posture or height loss before other symptoms.
Keep in mind that if you have any increased risk of osteoporosis, you should be screened regardless of whether or not you experience early signs. If you are a postmenopausal woman, are deficient in calcium or vitamin D, or have been taking glucocorticoids for more than three months, you may be considered at increased risk. Talk to your doctor about any potential symptoms and what you need to know about early testing. Your doctor can also help you to keep your bones healthy into your older years.
Osteoporosis Warning Signs
Posted On: 08-11-2017
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