Illnesses That Contribute to Bone Loss
- Endocrine disorders like diabetes mellitus, Cushing’s disease, hyperthyroidism and hyperparathyroidism, or removal of the thyroid gland
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Poor nutrition
- Hepatic illnesses, gallbladder diseases, cirrhosis, alcoholism
- Gastrointestinal disorders, malabsorption problems, inadequate levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, removal of part of the intestines, bypass surgery for weight loss
- Chronic back pain
Treatment of Senile Osteoporosis
Prevention of senile osteoporosis begins in childhood. A lifetime of healthy eating, engaging in weight bearing exercises, avoiding tobacco, and limiting alcohol consumption are keys to prevention. Unfortunately most people do not incorporate preventative actions until late in life.
There are several facets to treatment for people who have senile osteoporosis. Goals include maintaining bone mass, keeping bones strong – not frail and subject to breakage – and avoiding debility, pain and suffering due to fractures.
- Taking calcium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D supplements, which provide the body with the compounds needed for bone growth.
- Taking synthetic or natural hormone replacement medications, which are beneficial for at-risk women.
- Taking fluoride, another element that supports bone growth.
- Taking medications classified as bisphosphonates, which prevent bone tissues from being reabsorbed. They help to reduce the risk of fracture significantly.
Senile osteoporosis is a serious condition. It results in a loss of quality of life, pain and very often the need for surgery. People who suffer from back and hip fractures may need to spend extensive periods in rehabilitation facilities. Individuals who have senile osteoporosis often suffer fractures and contract serious health problems as a result of immobility.
Hip fractures that occur as a result of senile osteoporosis contribute to loss of independence and even death. The monetary health care costs of debility caused by senile osteoporosis is immeasurable, and human suffering due to a loss of independence, stress of patients and family members and pain is enormous.
Prevention throughout life and early treatment of senile osteoporosis can reduce the impact that this condition has on the lives of so many.