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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:

SCI/D
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
Smokers
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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