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Osteoporosis: Yet Another Complication of Diabetes? (Part 1)
November 17, 2008
As if you didn’t have enough to contend with managing diabetes, many of you will need to consider your risk of developing osteoporosis at some point. Women are certainly at higher risk of getting this bone disease, but men aren’t off the hook either. And while most people don’t usually link diabetes with osteoporosis, there actually is a connection, so it’s important to take steps to keep your bones as healthy as possible.
What is Osteoporosis?
What Causes Osteoporosis?
Bone is constantly breaking down and building up again, a process called remodeling (out with the old, in with the new!). When we’re young, our bodies usually make new bone faster than old bone is broken down. Peak bone mass is usually reached by age 30 or so. After that, we start to lose a little more bone than we actually make. Once women hit menopause (late 40s/early 50s), bone loss accelerates. This is the time when osteoporosis can appear.
Obviously, it’s important for young people to build up their bone mass in their teens and twenties, almost like a reserve. The more bone mass you have, the less likely you’ll have problems when you’re older. There are ways to ensure healthy bones, including getting enough calcium and vitamin D, to safeguard against osteoporosis.
Who Gets Osteoporosis?
What Are the Risk Factors for Osteoporosis?
More on osteoporosis next week!
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