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How you Grow Shorter over time - Osteoporosis

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

You can grow tall for sure.. But can you grow short, or do you even want to?

The word “osteoporosis” literally means “porous bones.” With osteoporosis, bones become weak and brittle—so brittle that even mild stresses, such as bending over to pick up a book, pushing a vacuum, or coughing, can cause a fracture.

osteoporosis is not an inevitable part of aging. With identification of the major causes of the disease and their risk factors, osteoporosis can be detected early and treated. Moreover, a greater understanding of the role of nutrients and hormones and new and continually emerging medications are raising hopes for prevention of the disease. How do you assess your personal chances for getting osteoporosis? Listed below are several risk factors that

should be considered and evaluated:

Sex— One’s sex is the most significant indicator of risk. Fractures from osteoporosis are about twice as common in women as in men. Women build less bone than men by early adulthood. Women also generally consume less calcium than men. Prolonged calcium deficiency is a risk. Moreover, studies have documented a tendency for low calcium intake among adolescent girls—a time at which calcium is especially needed for bone development.

Family history —Having a mother or sister with the disease may increase your risk.

Race—Whites are at greatest risk, followed by Hispanics and Asians. African-Americans have the lowest risk. Whites have a higher risk because they generally attain a lower peak bone mass than the others.

Age—The older an individual, the higher the risk for osteoporosis. Small body frame—In general, the smaller the body frame, the thinner the bone.

Lifestyle choices—Smoking increases bone loss, perhaps by decreasing the amount of estrogen the body makes