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Osteoporosis can be managed and it is possible to have few complications if treated correctly. Commit to taking your treatment as prescribed. In addition to being more suspectable to fractures (broken bones), there are other complications that can occur as a result of this condition.


Osteoporosis can be disabling and limit your physical activity. There could be a significant loss in activity. You may gain weight as a result of being less active. An increase in weight can increase stress on your bones, in particular your knees and hips. Gaining weight can also increase your risk of other problems such as heart disease and diabetes.


Less physical activity can lead to a loss of independence and isolation. Activities you once enjoyed may be too painful now. This loss, added to the possible fear of fractures, can bring on depression. A poor emotional state can further hinder your ability to manage health issues.


Sometimes a person with osteoporosis can break a bone without noticing it. Surgery is often needed to fix it. This may require an extended hospital stay and additional medical costs.


Many times, a hip fracture (usually after a fall) will require long-term care in a nursing home. If a person is bedridden while receiving long-term care, this can be a huge inconvenience to both the individual and their family.

These complications are generally preventable with compliance to medication and lifestyle modifications. Take responsibility and commit to taking care of your health. 

Written by Dr Ruusa Shivute | Health Window

Reference: Lane JM, Russell L, Khan SN. Osteoporosis. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2000 Mar;(372):139-50.

March 4, 2021 |  Categories: Health WindowOsteoporosis

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