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Assignment 13.2: Osteoporosis Kelsi Goans Maryville University NURS 611 Dr. Pamela Weilitz August 1 st , 2021
Osteoporosis is a common disease throughout the world. It is characterized by low bone mineral density, impaired structural integrity, and decreased bone strength, often resulting in bone fractures (McCance & Huether, 2019). The bone becomes porous, causing it to become weak. Osteoporosis can be primary, or idiopathic, and secondary in nature. Secondary osteoporosis is caused by other conditions, like endocrine diseases, medications, tobacco, alcohol, malignancies, liver, or kidney diseases (McCance & Huether, 2019). According to the World Health Organization (2021), the hip, spine, and wrist are the most susceptible bones for fractures. Special cells in the body called osteoblasts break down bone. The most common method to measure bone density is a dual x-ray absorptiometry. In osteoporosis, the old bone is reabsorbed faster than new bone being made, causing the bones to become less dense and thinner (McCance & Huether, 2019). This leads to fractures and pain, creating a debilitating lifestyle to individuals. Women start bone loss before

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