Living Well: The ?Silent? Disease

Reprinted from PN December 2002
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Osteoporosis is a serious health issue. It is generally thought to be a debilitating disease in people who are elderly. It can, however, manifest at any age. People in the following categories have been found to have a greater likelihood for developing osteoporosis:

Females (especially post-menopausal women not on hormone-replacement therapy)
Increasing age
Caucasian and Asian races (although other races are at risk)
Low body weight
Small frame (total bone weight)
Alcohol users
Sedentary lifestyle (especially lack of weight-bearing exercise)
Decreased calcium intake
Use certain medications such as aluminum-containing antacids, Cyclosporine A, Methotrexate, Heparin, and Cholestyramine

In the December 2002 PN/Paraplegia News, read about just what osteoporosis is, what you can do to prevent it, and where to find helpful resources.


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