What is osteoporosis?
Rightly called a silent disease, osteoporosis is a bone disease that is impossible to feel. The disease causes the body to lose too much bone mass, and often, it doesn’t replace what has been lost. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Check out these silent signs of osteoporosis and stay informed.
Somehow, you’ve gotten shorter
Do your skirts suddenly seem longer on you? Are your favorite jeans suddenly dragging on your shoes? When a person has osteoporosis, the bones in the spine can easily collapse on each other, and as a result, you could lose more than an inch of height. Gauge your height loss based on your height in your twenties as a guide, says Tamara Vokes, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Osteoporosis & Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic at the University of Chicago. For women, a height loss of one and a half inches could be a sign of osteoperosis. Men who have lost two inches from their twenties height have cause for concern. Avoid these “harmless” habits that increase your risk of osteoporosis.