Essay Calcium: Osteoporosis and Case family History

Submitted By lewisjr
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Unfortunately for my uncle Pactrick the loss of calcium and other minerals from the bones is a gradual process which goes on steadily for a long time before it becomes evident. There is no flashing red light to warn us that our bodies are losing calcium. And it is usually not apparent until loose teeth, receding gums, or a fractured hip show how brittle and chalky the bones have become. The end result of the skeletal structure’s gradual erosion is calcium-deficient bones that may break with the slightest provocation. Even a mere sneeze may crack a rib. One of the reasons the decreasing bone density is hard to detect until it reaches such as unfortunate stage, is that even in extreme cases of osteoporosis, the calcium level of the blood is usually normal. In the body’s ranking of needs, the blood level of calcium takes definite priority over the bone level of calcium. “Osteoporosis is called the silent disease because bone is lost with no signs. You may not know that you have osteoporosis until a strain, bump, or fall causes a bone to break.” http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Osteoporosis/osteoporosis_ff.asp
For my uncle one of the miss conception is that this disease is genetic and if there’s no history of it then likely you won’t get the truth is that osteoporosis affects everyone. If you don’t get “the right amount of vitamin D in your system your body will become brittle and eventually it cause you problems” and for my uncle he should know better and, at the age of 60 he’s definitely at a higher risk than most because of the wear of the human body over time our bones starts to wear and we need more help to support our bones. So basically the older you are the more at risk you are in. but, in some case family history. Osteoporosis tends to run in families. If a family member has osteoporosis or breaks a bone, there is a greater chance that you will too.…