Major Bone Diseases
Living an active life can become unpleasant, or even painful, when a major bone disease develops. Diseases that increase bone loss or reduce bone growth prevent a person from keeping his bones healthy and strong, and activity becomes difficult.
The U.S. Surgeon General says, as you grow older, losses in bone mass and weakened bone structure make the bones fragile, increasing the risk of a bone fracture. Bones do not keep full strength in men with lowered testosterone or women with lowered estrogen.
The most common disease after osteoporosis is a progressive increase in bone loss in a body area, such as a hip, called Paget’s disease.
Adults or children with chronic renal disease have delayed bone growth because the kidneys are not providing vitamin D to the bones.
In growing children, poor production of vitamin D in the body causes low levels of calcium phosphate mineral deposits in growing bones, leaving some children with bowed legs.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons informs us a person with osteoarthritis, the most common knee arthritis, has cartilage in a bone joint that has become worn or damaged over time. With rheumatoid arthritis, the joints become inflamed, possibly destroying the cartilage.