What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a serious global healthcare problem, third only to obesity and cardiovascular disease. It is a bone disease characterized by low bone mass and micro-deterioration of bone tissue leading to bone fragility and increased risk of fractures. 200 million people worldwide have this condition. Older individuals are at a greater risk for developing osteoporosis. 33% of women and 20% of men over 50 years of age will experience osteoporotic fractures. 24% of those who experience a hip fracture over 50 years of age will die within the first year after the fracture.
A medical diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia is usually confirmed by a DEXA scan. The amount of bone density loss is reported to you as a T-score. A T-score of -1 to -2.4 indicates you are osteopenic which is the precursor to osteoporosis, while a T-score of -2.5 or below is considered osteoporotic. For some, the first indication of low bone density is a fracture. For others, it could be the results following a DEXA scan ordered by their physician. Numerous risk factors can increase the likelihood of a fracture. Some of these risk factors are within your control, some are not.
In addition to age, factors that increase the risk of osteoporosis may include:
- Genetics or family history
- Low body weight (BMI)
- Poor nutrition
- Eating disorders
- Low dietary calcium intake
- Vitamin D insufficiency
- History of cancer
- History of excessive alcohol use
- History of tobacco use
bioDensity optimizes your ability to create osteogenic loading, which results in increased bone density and stronger muscles. Forces generated during osteogenic loading trigger the body’s own natural ability to increase its bone density. The concept of osteogenic loading has been reported in the scientific literature since the late 1800’s with the work of Dr. Julius Wolff.
bioDensity’s osteogenic loading exercise helps maintain and rebuild bony structure. Prior to osteogenic loading technology and the bioDensity system, physicians had few options other than to prescribe medications to combat osteoporosis and osteopenia. The non-pharmaceutical bioDensity system enables you to generate a brief but adequate force on your musculoskeletal system, resulting in bone remodeling. These adaptive responses are perfectly natural, and the results are both real and measurable.