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OSTEOPOROSIS 1 Osteoporosis Miranda Gumz Rasmussen College Author Note This paper is being submitted on January 14, 2018, for Jennifer Ott’s online Structure and Function of the Human Body course.
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OSTEOPOROSIS 2 Osteoporosis During a recent visit with my aunt Laura, I was informed she has been diagnosed with osteopenia. Osteopenia is a precursor to osteoporosis. In order to help Laura I wanted to do some research on osteoporosis, looking into how osteoporosis develops, some potential causes, about the symptoms, and how to help Laura prevent hers from becoming osteoporosis. Osteoporosis develops when bones lose an excessive amount of calcium. “The term osteoporosis comes from the Greek word osteon, meaning bone, and porus, meaning pore or passage. Osteoporosis literally makes bones porus.” (Wilson, Davidson, & Frey, 2015) As humans age their bone mass decreases, which makes the bones more fragile with a higher risk for breaking. Laura is a 43 year old female, which puts her at higher risk for developing Type 1 osteoporosis.
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