The phone rings. It is your grandma’s neighbor. She tells you that grandma fell and broke her hip this morning. It happened as she was walking back from the grocery store down the street. See, grandma is only 76 years young! She lives by herself in a retirement community. Grandpa passed away from colon cancer a few years ago. Grandma has been living independently since then. She enjoys gardening and playing cards with friends. The highlight of her day is to walk to the nearby store. That way she gets some exercise, stops and waves at acquaintances, chats with her neighbors and smell Mrs. Green’s beautiful roses. Sounds familiar? Yes, we have all heard of someone falling and breaking a hip unexpectedly. This can be a life-changing event. It may take away someone’s independence, at least for a while. Or in some cases a fall may cost the person’s life.
It is reported that every year, 350,000 hip fractures happen in the United States. One in three women and one in five men will break a bone at some point after age 50. One in four adults who fracture a hip dies within a year. For those who survive, there is usually a clear moment where life is divided to “before” and “after” the fracture.
Your bones are at their best when you are about 30 years old. Everyone begins losing bone mass after that. The thicker your bones are at about age 30, the longer it takes to develop osteopenia or osteoporosis. Women are far more prone to bone loss compared to men. In general, women have a lower peak bone density at about age 30. Also, the hormonal changes at menopause speed up their bone loss. Since women live longer their bones age more and they have more incidences of bone fractures. Men who have low Testosterone are also at high risk for osteoporosis.
Osteopenia is the beginning stage of Osteoporosis. If you have osteopenia and ignore it, it may become more severe and turn into Osteoporosis. Here is a list of common factors which may contribute to bone loss in both men and women:
Question: What do you think: Do you fall and then you brake your hip or does the bone break first and that is why you fall?
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