Arthritis and osteoporosis, both are the diseases of bones. Both are thought to be the same sometimes, and by some people, but they are actually very different. Arthritis is the main reason for citizen of the U.S. getting disabled. Arthritis is a condition in which the joints of a person are affected. In osteoporosis, bones suffer of hypocalcaemia. Let us discover further differences in these two, seemingly common diseases.
Arthritis is a set of conditions affecting joint pains and diseases. It’s a leading disease which is causing disablement among people. But as usually thought of, it is not the same as osteoporosis. Arthritis is not having a single condition to characterize it, but a hundreds of them. These conditions affect the body joints (between the bones) and the tissues environing them. All conditions in arthritis have dissimilar symptoms and treatments.
Some of the conditions are named as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, bursitis, and lupus. For most types of arthritis, no cure exists. Hence, the basic way to keep arthritis at bay is to prevent and avoid it. The population already affected by arthritis conditions, which have no cure, is suggested to save themselves any joint harms and injuries. Also, infections like the Lyme disease needs to be prevented to keep away from arthritis. The best you can do is to improve your quality of life by keeping a healthy diet, weight loss in case of obesity (a major cause for arthritis) and exercises which can improve the potential and strength of the joints to withstand harsh situations.
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones, a condition in which progressive bone loss and thinning of bones occurs. The bones lack calcium due to excessive calcium absorption from them by the blood vessels. The areas which were preoccupied by calcium now become vacant and development of pores in the bones takes place. The bone mass reduces and the bones become weak, fragile enough to break. Women with menopausal conditions, or post this, are much prone to have osteoporosis. People with advanced ages are more prone to the disease. Not only old people, but also the young is risked of the disease. People with the disease of hyperparathyroidism are the most prone to osteoporosis. In this disease, the PTH hormone is released in excess, which causes excessive absorption of the calcium mineral from the bones. And this excess calcium, un-required by the body too, is thrown out of the body via excretion. Unlike arthritis, osteoporosis can be cured. Usage of medications like bisphosphonates is done to cure osteoporosis. They are responsible for the activity of high calcium absorption in the bones. Also, dietary inclusions for calcium and vitamin D as well as supplementary intakes of these elements are necessary for the cure. Exercises are a good solution too, not only specific for osteoporosis but for any other disease / disorder one has. The best way of keeping osteoporosis at bay is preventing it from it since childhood through youth, keeping the bones of your body healthy and happy.
Both the bone diseases, arthritis and osteoporosis can be prevented and controlled by mild exercises are done regularly. Self-health management programs are run to aid the patients of arthritis and osteoporosis.