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Osteoporosis in Modern World

By , August 14, 2010 8:54 pm

Osteoporosis is a serious worldwide disease. In America it is pestilent, threatening more than forty-four million people. Ten million American citizens suffer from it and women tend to be affected 4 times more than men. The growth in osteoporotic fractures in the modern society occurs because of an increase in the aged people.

There’s little arguing about the active treatment of osteoporosis. Now the focus is laid on preventing osteoporosis-related fractures and the attendant hurting and handicap. Persons at increased risk for fracture can be described by a thorough history. For women, risk factors such as a former history of breakability fracture, family history of osteoporosis, and long calcium lack are particularly significant.

Bone densities in proximal femoris bones from a time period of more than two hundred years were compared and the results showed that women lose more bone nowadays, maybe because of little physical activity and lower parity. Other adding factors include a dietary reduction of calcium and an earlier bone loss due to the affect of smoking.

As a matter of fact, our Stone Age predecessors consumed a diet high in calcium, generally from vegetable sources. Even so, the affect of the enormous increase in the aged population throughout the world should not be underestimated. Due to this demographic change, the number of coxa fractures happening in the world annually will increase about 6-fold from 1990 to 2050, and the balance in Europe and North America will change from 50% to 25% as the numbers of aged people in developing countries grow.