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Brittany B. Locklear BIO 168 April 30, 2017 Osteoporosis What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that affects the bones making them brittle and weak. These bones that become brittle and weak are considered (porous bones). Due, to this condition it results in broken bones all through out the body. Signs and Symptoms of Osteoporosis? The first warning sign of osteoporosis is that breaking and fracturing bones become more easily to happen. Second, having a hunched posture typically indicates that a person has osteoporosis. This normally happens to older people, the cause of this is due to a vertabra that has collapsed. Signs of a collapsed vetebra are, back pain, hunched posture, and loss of weight. Another symptom of osteoporosis is height. Usually as we age and get older, typically we may shrink by a inch or two which is normal, but if it is obvious that you have shortened by several inches in a short period of time its best to seek some medical attention. An early warning sign is broken fingernails and toenails. Its normal to break a fingernail here and there, but when it happens often it is a sign of osteoporosis. The nail becomes more brittle due to a lack of vitamins and minerals, which is normal, but the breaking of nails happens a lot due to osteoporosis. I think the most important reason why people get osteoporosis is because of a deficiency in vitamin D. Vitamin D plays as much of an important role in your bones as calcium. Vitamin D helps our bones use calcium to its full potential, helping our bones to be strong and supportive.
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