Ilive in a society where per square kilometer, adults are manycompared to youths and children. As a result, adult health problemsare prevalent in our community with leading one being osteoporosis.The population at risk for this health problem is any person who isabove 50 years, and the condition is highly prevalent in women. Thehealth condition is characterized by high fragility in bones and lowbone mass, which make people with this condition susceptible tofractures.
Thecondition can be worsened by smoking, heavy drinking and any actionthat increases the risk for fall. Most people who are at high risk ofthis disease, have no clue that early diagnosis is important, andalso they are not aware of the diets and behaviors which they mightpractice so that they may keep the condition in check. There has alsobeen a gap in the assessment and treatment, which lead to the changein its clinical guideline. Earlier, the approach concentrated ontreating the problem, but recently the clinical guidance focuses itseffort in the assessment, prevention, and management of the condition(Papaioannou et al., 2010).
` Learning about osteoporosis for a community and families can betricky if you have no venue through which you can keep yourselfconversant with the issue. On the other hand, the health professionalhave an opportunity to learn this condition and come hand in handwith it within the corridors of health facilities. Also, it is arequirement according to the American Nurse Association that nursesendeavor to be competent by being conversant with any knowledge thathelps in delivering quality health care service (Brown, Lachman, &Swanson, 2015).
NationalHealth and Nutrition Examination Survey stated that 9% of thepopulation above 50 years had osteoporosis at femur neck and lumbarspine, and 49% low bone mass density in research conducted betweenthe years 2005 to 2008 in the USA (Looke, Borrud, Hughes, Shepherd &Wright, 2012). That information is only related to the two areasonly. But there is a way we can make the community and families awareof this condition and various solutions to it. For instance, we canuse venues like churches and other gathering sessions to createawareness in the community. Also, we can use the local communityservice hospital to spearhead the awareness through printedpamphlets.
Theproposal can be supported by how the community, hospitals, and mediawere used to create awareness about HIV/AIDS. The knowledge aboutthis disease is widespread, and it has become very manageable despitebeing incurable. The effect of awareness can be reflected in thehospital as people try to seek medical checks up, a reduction ofrisky behavior, an increase in exercise in a community and change indiet towards calcium and Vitamin D supplements and foods.
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