Osteoporosis: when a sneeze can break your bones

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In Spain more than three million people suffer osteoporosis. Yes, you read it right. As a consequence, the fractures associated with osteoporosis reach up to 330,000 cases which, doing a quick number, equates to… one fracture every 2 minutes! And, not to be a spoilsport, but it seems that the worst is yet to come: for the year 2034 it is expected an increase of around 30% in the number of fractures.

While the numbers rise, paradoxically, osteoporosis continues to be one of the most forgotten. For this reason, this week the World Osteoporosis Day and one of the main objectives is that we learn to identify the warning signs in order to detect it as soon as possible and take action.

Is a chronic and progressive disease which causes bones to become more porous and more brittle. This makes them more likely to break even if the blows or impacts received are minor. One of the main problems is that the disease does not usually show its face until the first fracture occurs. And here comes the important thing: if it is not remedied, a second fracture may appear that deteriorates the quality of life of those who suffer it.

As age advances, we tend to associate falls and fractures with the fact that over the years we “lose faculties.” However, this may also be because The bones, in silence, have been losing bone mass and weakening. It is surprising to know that in these cases even a slight impact such as a cough or sneeze can cause a fracture.

They can occur in any bone, but the most common areas are the wrists, hips, or vertebrae of the spine.

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