What Is Senile Osteoporosis?


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Senile osteoporosis is osteoporosis occurring in seniors past the age of 70. Strictly age-related due to tissue replacement declining with age, doctors considered it a geriatric disorder.

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The myriad health problems facing most senior citizens makes identifying senile osteoporosis difficult at best. Symptoms are non-existent and detection typically occurs after a fracture or break.

Bone loss naturally occurs during the aging process with women typically having more loss than men due to hormone depletion and lack of calcium absorption by the body. Treatment often includes increasing calcium and fluoride intake as well as hormone replacement therapy in women.

Prevention of osteoporosis may not be 100 percent; however, increasing calcium intake during aging and seeing a doctor for regular bone density tests helps diagnose the condition early and possibly prevents extensive damage.

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