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Bone health begins during childhood and osteoporosis can affect men as well as women. A report by the US Surgeon General claims that 20% of older people die within a year of a hip fracture; 20% of older people go to a nursing home within a year of a hip fracture; 300,000 hospitalizations occur annually because of hip fractures, $18 billion is spent annually in direct costs for osteopathic fractures. Osteoporosis can be successfully treated if diagnosed early enough through regular medical check-ups and screenings. Causes of osteoporosis include aging, some medications (steroids, thyroid medicine, anticonvulsants, some cancer medications, aluminum-containing antacids), chronic disease which affect kidneys, lungs, stomach, intestine or that change hormone levels (diabetes, hyperthyroidism, congestive heart failure), excessive exercise, lack of exercise, eating disorder, removal of ovaries, smoking, alcoholism and a low calcium diet.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Bristol Press
About: Osteoporosis prevention begins in childhood
Date: 30 November 2004
Source: Bristol Press
Author: Iacob Marcovici
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