Osteoporosis is bone disease in which there is substantial decrease in bone mass density thus making bones porous and fragile. However, there are other two main causes of osteoporosis and they are lack of calcium and low levels of estrogen. All over the world there are countless of new cases of osteoporosis and this is not just confined to western countries but is also affecting people of third world countries.
One of the most important demographic aspects of osteoporosis is that it occurs more in cities of first world countries like the US, the UK and Canada, where people eat dairy products and red meat. There are several theories suggesting that the artificially treated milk and other dairy products are not digested the way they should be. Moreover, when we add red meat to our diet, it may cause leaching way of calcium from our bones and teeth. Thus, making our bones porous and fragile. There is substantial evidence that eating protein rich diet is also not good for our bones. These eating practices are not common in third world countries and in rural areas where people follow traditional way of life and eat traditional leafy vegetables. Hence, the percentage of people suffering from osteoporosis in third world countries is lower than in developed countries. Osteoporosis is lowest in South African countries where people eat more leafy vegetables and less dairy products.
Apart from this, women particularly in developed countries consume more alcohol and their diet is rich in meats, white flour and dairy products which include cheese and butter. Women’s in western countries also smoke. Smoking leads to increased bone mass loss. Smoking also impairs the action of estrogen, which naturally protects bone mass. There is plenty of evidence that smoking causes a significant increase in the risk of development of osteoporosis.
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