Osteoporosis is a serious problem that can cause joint pain and be a risk factor for fracture. Some new researches let us better understand why it appears and what could be done to prevent it. It is not just a disease of older people, as we believed before. Silicon and vitamins D and K play an important role in development of osteoporosis and it is especially aggravated after menopause and andropause.
Osteoporosis is a progressive condition characterized by reduced bone mass caused by structural deterioration of connective tissue, which is more or less reversible. It can be a risk factor for compression fractures and femoral neck fractures. The statistics of osteoporosis are alarming. In France, for example, the number of fractures resulted from osteoporosis is around 140,000 a year, causing directly or indirectly 40% of deaths. It is also observed that women are about three times more likely than men to develop the disease.
People of all ages should think about the prevention of osteoporosis. Even if this condition develops generally in people who are in their sixties, it can already begin at around age 30. The bone density declines from year to year: women between the ages of 30 and 80 lose about 45% of their bone mass. We know nowadays that calcium levels in older people depend a lot on what levels they had in their childhood. So the period of adolescence marked by rapid growth is very important for the prevention of osteoporosis which should start with nutrition education of adolescents.