November is National Osteoporosis Month
By Eqra Jan & Mura Abdul-Nabi (Get Well Clinic)
Our bones are constantly breaking down tissue and creating more, new tissue to replace it. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone tissue is unable to keep up with the loss of the old and thus, weak and brittle bones are the result. The likeliness of developing it can depend on genetics, ethnicity, and how much bone mass is attained during youth. While the disease can affect both men and women of all ages and races, it is most common among older white and Asian women (First Nations Health Authority, 2021), especially postmenopausal women (Ji & Yu, 2015).