An early diagnosis is essential for the treatment of this bone disease that mainly affects women from 65 years old and men from 70 years old.
Osteoporosis, a disease in which the patient suffers a loss of bone mass that can damage or deteriorate the bone, is also known as the silent epidemic because its symptoms go unnoticed by both the patient and the doctor, despite the fact that it is a disease with a high incidence in the elderly population.
According to the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG), 38% of those over 65 suffer from osteoporosis, a figure that rises to 70% of the population over 80 years of age. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 40% of women over 50 will suffer a fracture related to this disease throughout their lives and up to 52% in women over 70 years of age .
Recently,Research carried out by scientists from the University of Navarra has proven that it is possible to detect this disease with a blood test. As these and other studies try to establish themselves as a 100% effective screening method, doctors warn of some of the symptoms of osteoporosis.
– Suffer fractures with minor blows or falls
– Sudden or prolonged pain – in practically all points of the spine
– Loss of height
– Stooped posture