What Are the Early Signs of Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis does not develop overnight.
You can lose bone mass steadily for many years without experiencing any symptoms or signs of the disease until a bone fractures.
Osteoporosis is often called the “silent thief”.
Literally stealing our bone mass without giving us any indication whatsoever.
Osteoporosis runs in families.
If you have a relative that has osteoporosis, there is a greater chance that you will develop the disease.
There typically are no symptoms in the early stages of bone loss.
Once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may have signs and symptoms that include back pain, loss of height, a stooped posture, or a bone fracture that occurs more easily than expected.
What Are the Risk Factors for Osteoporosis?
- Prior fragility fractures
- Prolonged systemic steroid use
- High risk for falls
- Height loss
- Family history of osteoporosis (especially parental hip fracture)
- Smoking and excess alcohol consumption
- Low body weight (<60kg) or major weight loss
- High risk medications or conditions associated with osteoporosis (e.g. PPIs, SSRIs, anti-psychotic)