Â MYTH: Only women get osteoporosis
In fact, roughly 2 million men suffer from osteoporosis, accounting for 20 percent of those diagnosed with the disease.
MYTH: Osteoporosis is a normal part of aging
It is a fact that you lose bone density with aging,But you should continue to have good bone strength, and you should not develop osteoporosis.
MYTH: Osteoporosis is only a concern for the elderly
It is never too early to begin thinking about strong bones. Your bones begin building density from infancy through young adulthood. Most people have reached maximum bone density by age 35. If maximum bone density is not achieved during that time, you will be at risk for developing osteoporosis
MYTH: Osteoporosis is strictly hereditary
While women with a family history of osteoporosis are at an increased risk of developing the disease, not having a family history does not mean that you are immune to having this condition. Everyone is susceptible. However, there are several factors that can make an individual more likely to develop osteoporosis.Certain kidney diseases, vitamin D deficiency, some hormonal diseases such as some thyroid disorders, Cushingâ€™s syndrome, individuals who are treated with steroids for certain medical conditions, and certain types of cancer can contribute to osteoporosis.
MYTH: Broken bones are the only way to tell if you have osteoporosis
Because osteoporosis has no symptoms, most people are not aware that they have it until something happens, like a bone fracture. However, this is not the only indicator of the disease. Even people who donâ€™t have broken bones may develop osteoporosis. Many people may not even know they had a broken bone, and they may develop a change in their posture or a loss in height. To help determine whether bone loss has begun, it is important to get a bone density test every few years, especially for women who have entered menopause. The most common method of measuring bone density is a DEXA scan, which is a painless X-ray of your hip and spine.
MYTH: Osteoporosis cannot be prevented
Building strong bones during childhood and adolescence is the best defense against developing osteoporosis later in life. Adults can take steps too to lower their risk of developing the disease. In order to prevent osteoporosis, itâ€™s very important that one has adequate nutrition, good calcium intake, exercise, and adequate vitamin D supplementation.Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, lifting weights and dancing are the best for building strong bones. People who already have osteoporosis should avoid these exercises, as they increase the risk of breaking a bone. Calcium intake is very important, too. Douyon recommends calcium supplementation throughout the entire lifespan, especially for women. Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol intake also will lower your chances of developing osteoporosis.
MYTH: Only osteoporosis medications can prevent future bone loss
The FDA has approved certain medications to prevent and/or treat the disease. Most of the drugs inhibit the cells that break down bone, and one actually stimulates the growth of new bone. Unfortunately, these drugs havenâ€™t been available for very long, so their long-term effects are not known and people should not rely on them alone.