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What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease where the bones become porous, causing a change in posture and making the bones brittle and easy to break.  Women are more affected by this health issue because of physiological, hormonal and nutritional differences.  Half of women between 45 and 75 show signs of osteoporosis.  At least one third of women in this group have advanced bone deterioration.  
With most women, the maximum bone density is obtained between 30 and 35 and after this, it deteriorate.  Unfortunately, there are no symptoms of bone lost until it becomes quite advanced.  Then the bones become more brittle and can break easily.  In advanced cases, there can also be a tooth lost because the jaw bone is weakening.    
A lot of people are under the impression that osteoporosis is mainly caused by a deficiency of calcium in the diet and can easily be corrected by taking calcium supplements.  Recent researches clearly demonstrated that even by taking 1000 to 1500mg of calcium a day, most women would not see a change in there bone density.  The reason is simple:  a lot of factors affect the assimilation and fixation of calcium in the bones.  One of the main factors is exercise.  It is proven that active women are lot less at risk of developing osteoporosis.  It seems that all physical stress (ex. exercise) imposed on the bones stimulate the liberation of hormones that help fix the calcium in bones.

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