Is osteoporosis hereditary?

Osteoporosis, meaning “porous bone,” is a disease of the bones where people lose too much bone; make too little bone or both. A person’s bones become weak and may break from even a minor fall. Even simple actions like sneezing or bumping into furniture could cause breaks. Lower levels of estrogen after menopause cause osteoporosis. The condition affects 1 in 4 women with around 2.8% of women aged over 50 years at risk of death related to hip fracture. InternationalDrugMart.com provides generic osteoporosis medications at much lower prices than the branded counterparts do and are bio- equivalent.

All our lives, our skeletons continue to renew themselves through a process known as remodelling or bone turnover. The rate of bone breakdown in healthy bone is linked to the rate of bone formation, maintaining bone strength. The older we get our bones breaks down quickly, exceeding the rate at which bone is formed, resulting in loss of bone and may lead to osteoporosis and an increased risk of fracture.

While there are several factors for developing osteoporosis, such as, age, ethnicity, lifestyle, and medical risk factors, the main risks are being female and postmenopausal. Chemotherapy and anti –seizure drugs, proton pump inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and steroids, often increase the rate of bone loss.

A proper diet during childhood and avoiding medications that cause bone loss could prevent the development of osteoporosis. A few signs of osteoporosis are receding gums, weak & brittle nails, cramps, muscle aches and bone pain, which could signal a lack of vitamin D.

Osteoporosis strikes one-quarter of all American women over age 65. InternationalDrugMart.com understands that branded prescription and OTC drugs are beyond the reach of many elderly Americans who may not have insurance and provides generic osteoporosis drugs at less than half the price of their branded counterparts.

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