Nearly one million people are affected by brittle bone disease. In the World Osteoporosedag (October 20), it is this, and this is according to professor Coen Netelenbos well. According to him, the disease by both patients and general practitioners and medical specialists are greatly under-reported. What exactly is it and what can be done about it?
What is osteoporosis exactly?
“Osteoporosis is a brittle bone disease. It is a disease in which the bone mass and structure is to lose. And the result is fragile bones that easily break or is in a depressed spine. That seems to be all that bad. But the loss of bone mass, it is, indirectly, a fatal disease.”
What do you mean, deadly?
In the Netherlands, one in three women and one in ten men over the age of 55 have osteoporosis. It is one of the most common chronic diseases. And that is the root cause of the vast majority of hip fractures later in life. So, breaking one of the four tachtigplussers due to osteoporosis will have a hip. One of them died, almost a quarter of a year after the surgery, the complications.”
“People think that the bone fragility associated with aging, but that is not the case.”
Professor Coen Netelenbos
“However, it also causes lots of other problems. A lot of people who have little break, will not go back to the previous level. You can walk, sometimes not. They are, therefore, easier to reset, and their social lives are getting worse.”
How is it possible that the disease has been underestimated?
“I don’t know. The one thing I do know is that it’s a disease of the ageing population is increasing, and the number of treatments, nevertheless, are decreasing. A very, very bad. A lot of people believe that brittle bones are associated with the aging process. But that’s not the case. Osteoporosis is really a serious medical condition for which you have to be dealt with.”
“The problem with osteoporosis is that you don’t be aware of it, as long as nothing is broken.”
Professor Coen Netelenbos
“The disease, it is quite easy to set up, with a botdichtheidsmeter (DXA), and are often seen on the chest x-ray. But with 80 per cent of the vijftigplussers with a bone in it is happy, it will not be necessary to establish whether it is to reverse osteoporosis. While osteoporosis is the cause of this is that 40 percent of women over fifty have something to break it. And 20 per cent of the men.”
What are the symptoms? How do you find out that you have osteoporosis is to have?
“The problem with osteoporosis is that you don’t be aware of it, as long as you didn’t break it. Therefore, to know a lot of people don’t is that they’re talking about. Even if you have a bone fracture in the hospital, they think they don’t have osteoporosis. They think that they are just as unhappy can be. But the bones will break, not just from shocks and fall down.”
“Be a bad thing. As you can see all up to 30% of bone mass lost at a time when you just have a bone to break. Unfortunately, up to 70 per cent of those with the disease, however, is found to have failed to adequately medicated. While it is an effective treatment with medications the probability of new fractures by more than 30 percent, you can reduce it.”
People often think that they can have a break, because they are simply unhappy in some cases. (Image: 123RF)
Is osteoporosis preventable?
“Not always the case. It is, in part, genetically determined. Has to be one of the two parents will ever have a thigh be broken, then you may be at higher risk of osteoporosis. Also, people with Crohn’s disease, prednisongebruikers to skinny people, and stay away from hard-working thyroid gland), diabetes, and COPD are at higher risk of osteoporosis. Also, menopausal women are at an increased risk. During that period of time is going to be the sudden cure for the reduction of bone mass due to loss of protective female hormones.”
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What we need to do or not do to prevent osteoporosis?
“For us, by the age of thirty, it is very important to have strong bones to build on. After that, we need to see the bones as tightly as possible to keep the loss of bone stock, reduced to a minimum. We do this by getting sufficient calcium and vitamin D from food. Eat oily fish, take plenty of dairy products such as butter milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Eat enough green leafy vegetables, broccoli, and nuts. And look, the sun is up. The majority of our vitamin D needs we get from the sun.”
And move around?
“Physical activity is very important. For bones, the following applies: use it or loose it. If you are flat in bed, or you’ll lose all bone stock. Pick a form of movement that is achievable and which you get pleasure from it. Consider walking, hiking, gardening, jogging, playing tennis, dancing, and jump rope. Especially if you’re a bit older. Those who have the bones strong, you can up to a ripe old age to participate in the social life.”
Fr. dr. J. C. Netelenbos, was to be retired internist and endocrinologist. He was still in a lot of research on osteoporosis. Want to know more about osteoporosis? Take a look at the osteoporosevereniging.nl