Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
Osteoporosis refers to the condition where individuals loose bone density or mass and bones become brittle. Osteoporosis is involves losses of minerals from the bones, such as calcium, at rates too high to be adequately replaced. Those who suffer from osteoporosis are at an increased risk of broken bones. Dietitians can assist people with osteoporosis by slowly the progression of disease.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition where the cartilage in the body’s joints is broken down. Those who suffer from osteoarthritis can experience pain, stiffness and swelling around affected joints. Dietitians can help people suffering from osteoarthritis through improving nutritional status and weight loss, to decrease the stress placed on the body’s joints.