Osteoporosis (Senile)

Understanding Senile Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by porous and brittle bones, which are easily fractured due to wear and tear. In cases of senior citizens, the condition manifests as senile osteoporosis and is a common result of aging. It affects both men and women over the age of 65 and, in the absence of effective prevention and treatment methods, many suffer from chronic pain as a result of fracturing particular bones.

What are the Causes of Senile Osteoporosis?

Senile osteoporosis is caused by the loss of bone mineral density and bone mass, which is an aging-related process. Factors that may lead to this condition include:

  • Decreased production of hormones due to aging
  • Lack of physical activities
  • Decrease in calcium and vitamin intake
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Certain medications used to treat diseases

What are the Symptoms of Senile Osteoporosis?

The signs and symptoms of senile osteoporosis usually become apparent after a bone fracture or vertebral collapse has occurred. This is because the individual bones affected by the condition become brittle and thus lose their stability.

  • Chronic back pain
  • Spinal deformities (kyphosis or hunched back)
  • Fragile bones that fracture with minor trauma
  • Height loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Axial osteoporosis (abnormal curvature of the spine)
  • Arthritis and/or joint pain

How is Senile Osteoporosis Prevented and Treated?

Senile osteoporosis can be prevented and treated through lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, increasing calcium and vitamin D intake and avoiding excess alcohol and smoking. For those at higher risk, medications, such as bisphosphonates, calcitonin, and selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) may be prescribed.

It is important to consult with a doctor before beginning any treatments for senile osteoporosis. In addition, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of this condition significantly.