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Thyroid Disorders and Osteoporosis

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source: British Thyroid Foundation

year: 2018


What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis – literally ‘porous bones’ – is a medical condition whereby your bones become fragile and are more likely to break. The common sites for breakage are the wrist, spine and hip. Although osteoporosis can be treated it is better to prevent it in the first place.

How Does Osteoporosis Occur?
Two types of cells are constantly at work in your bones to allow your skeleton to grow and repair any damage such as fractures. ‘Osteoclasts’ break down the bone while ‘osteoblasts’ build it up again. Each ‘turnover’ cycle normally takes 200 days.

Many factors influence this process of bone replacement, including hormones, the amount of exercise you take and the amount of vitamin D and calcium in your diet.

The rate at which the bone replacement occurs is normally in balance. If more bone is lost than is replaced, your bones become less dense and you may develop osteoporosis. If you develop osteoporosis your bones can break more easily.