Causes of Osteoporosis
Like the wide variety of symptoms of osteoporosis pain, the causes of osteoporosis are also varied. Some are uncontrollable, which is why it’s important to be aware if you’re at risk.
Bone health has strong genetic ties, which is why having a family history of osteoporosis is something to be aware of and why bone density measurement should be a consideration if a family has a history of osteoporosis, especially for those ages 50 and older.
- Lack of Calcium and Vitamin D
Optimal calcium intake is essential in order to maintain strong, healthy bones. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is why it’s also important to get adequate amounts of sun exposure.
- Nervous System Dysfunction
When the sympathetic or somatic nervous systems, which control involuntary actions in the body, malfunction, complex regional pain syndrome may result.
A number of diverse medical conditions may put you more at risk for osteoporosis, including thyroid conditions, low hormone levels, and chronic disease such as kidney disease.
Lifestyle factors including low levels of physical activity and weight resistance, smoking, drinking alcohol, and obesity may negatively impact bone strength.