Myths and Facts about Osteoporosis


women-osteoporosisMyth: Only women get osteoporosis.

Fact:  There are many misconceptions about osteoporosis, for example that it is “a woman’s disease”. Though osteoporosis is common in women as women naturally have smaller, thinner bones than men, but men get osteoporosis, too.  One in every four men and one in every two women over the age of 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.


Myth: I drink lot of milk and eat dairy products, so I don’t have to worry about osteoporosis.milk_by_cfcoughlin

Fact: Drinking milk is important but that alone is not enough to prevent osteoporosis. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, calcium absorption rate is higher from vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, mustard greens, broccoli, turnip greens, and kale than from milk.


Myth: There are no particular risk factors for osteoporosis other than age and being female.

Fact: Age is a major risk factor, especially for those over 65. But those with the following characteristics also are at risk:

  • Small bone structure
  • Early menopause or post-menopausal
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Low body weight
  • Low-calcium diet
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Excessive smoke and alcohol intake
  • Eating disorders
  • Use of certain medications such as steroids or anticonvulsants 

Bone FractureMyth: My mother has osteoporosis, so I am bound to get this disease too.

Fact: Women with a family history of...

osteoporosis are at an increased risk of developing the disease, but family history does not decide your destiny. Keep in mind, bone is a living organ. Throughout your lifetime, old bone is removed (a process known as “resorption”) and new bone is added to the skeleton (a process known as “formation”). You have control over many risk factors to avoid osteoporosis, click the link to know more about it.


Myth: I do not realize if I am suffering with Osteoporosis, until or unless I fall and break a bone.Osteoporosis Vertebrae

Fact: Osteoporosis has no prior symptoms, most people are not aware that they have osteoporosis until they suffer with bone fracture. However, this is not the only indicator of the disease. Many people may not have a broken bone, but 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.


Myth: Osteoporosis is not that serious-its worst case scenario is a broken bone.

Fact: Osteoporosis is a very serious or deadly condition because the disease involves a quiet and pervasive deterioration of your bones that eventually cause your vertebrae to collapse or your hip to fracture. For some people, recovering from these fractures is difficult or even impossible. Osteoporosis accounts for more than 1.5 million fractures every year.


vitamin-D OsteoporosisMyth: Osteoporosis cannot be prevented or treated.

Fact: Osteoporosis is 100% preventable. There are several things you can do early on to reduce your chances of getting osteoporosis, such as eating a diet high in calcium and vitamin D, doing weight-bearing exercises and avoiding excessive alcohol.  To know more about it, please click at the following link

12 Responses

  1. Bhead says:

    Does sunlight also helps in preventing osteoporosis?

  2. Rupali Gupta says:

    Hi Bhead,
    Low level of Vitamin D leads to Oteoporosis. Vitamin D is made naturally under the surface of our skin when our skin is in direct sunlight . We need 10-15 minutes of sunlight , two to three times a week to get enough vitamin D. Though, amount of time depends on how sensitive our skin is to light, and skin color. Study published in “American Academy of Neurology” demonstrated that sunlight exposure can increase the BMD (Bone Mineral Density) of vitamin D-deficient bone thereby improves Osteoporosis. Click the link to read more-

    Happy Reading!

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