Osteoporosis is a progressive metabolic bone disease that causes a decrease in bone density, making bones weak, fragile, and prone to fracture. Most of these fractures occur in the spine, wrist, and hips, usually when a person falls or bumps into something.
Osteoporosis is currently thought to be affecting more than 200 million people worldwide but is most common among older, post-menopausal women who have reduced levels of estrogen, an important contributor to bone health.
The osteoporosis can also affect men when they reach the age of around 50 when their bones are less dense and more prone to fracture.
Besides age, other risk factors for osteoporosis include race, gender, and family history of osteoporosis, and none of these can be changed. However, other factors such as diet and activity level are in your control.
A healthy diet rich in Vitamin D and calcium, regular exercising, and quitting smoking or drinking habits can significantly increase and improve bone strength.
Although osteoporosis is a difficult condition that causes both physical and emotional strain on the patient by reducing the quality of their life, there are many products and tools on the market, including mobile apps, that can help people with osteoporosis enhance the quality of their life and make things easier to manage.
These apps can also help healthcare providers caring for osteoporosis patients with useful guidelines and recommendations on how to manage this condition.
Here, we listed some of the most useful apps for osteoporosis management, for both patients and their providers.
Osteoporosis management guidelines worldwide recommend using fracture risk assessment as a part of any clinical evaluation to help make informed treatment decisions.
The Fracture Risk Assessment Tool or FRAX was developed by Professor John Kanis at the University of Sheffield. It is an easy-to-use mobile tool that uses population-based algorithms to calculate the 10-year probability of hip fracture and a 10-year probability of a major osteoporotic fracture.
Providers can input various risk factors into the tool, such as age, sex, weight, height, smoking, fracture history, menopause, alcohol, and femoral neck bone mineral density (BMD) to calculate the fracture risk.
The FRAX app is available for Android and iOS for $5.99.
AACE Osteoporosis Treatment Algorithm App
The algorithm and guidelines were developed by The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) developed the algorithm and guidelines with a goal to provide evidence-based information about the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis for endocrinologists, hoping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures and maintain the quality of life for people with osteoporosis.
AACE Osteoporosis Treatment Algorithm app brings these guidelines to both iOS and Android devices for providers who treat patients with osteoporosis or at risk for osteoporosis.
The app is available for free.
Osteoporosis by AZoMedical App
Osteoporosis by AZoMedical app is developed by AZoNetwork, a source of free online information for healthcare professionals, scientists, engineers, and technologists.
Their Osteoporosis app provides regularly updated information and news on osteoporosis in a form or journal.
The app requires an Internet access for the updates, but once downloaded, all content is available offline.
The app is available for free on iOS only.
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OsteoTrack Manage Osteoporosis App
One of the most challenging things about dealing with osteoporosis is keeping updated with all of the daily lifestyle changes required to treat this condition.
OsteoTrack Manage Osteoporosis app help people with osteoporosis or osteopenia track their condition, treatment, lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise, and more.
Besides tracking things, the app also provides a lot of useful information to osteoporosis patients, as well as those who want to prevent it, including an in-depth information on the osteoporosis condition, amount of nutrients that should be incorporated into daily diet, weight-bearing exercises that help strengthen bones, the benefits and side effects of osteoporosis medicines, and more.
OsteoTrack app is available for $2.95 on Android only.
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My Osteoporosis Manager App
My Osteoporosis Manager is another useful tool that enables patients with osteoporosis to track their condition and store relevant health information between visits to their provider.
The app allows patients to record detailed information regarding their health in a daily journal, manage their medications and treatments, track symptoms and side effects, access patient education materials, share their information with their healthcare provider, and more.
My Osteoporosis Manager app is available only on iOS for free.
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Exercising with Osteoporosis App
Staying active and exercising helps to strengthen muscles and improve overall bone health. If you have osteoporosis, you might think exercise will lead to fracture, but in reality, exercise can help.
There are certain types of exercise particularly useful for people with osteoporosis or at risk of osteoporosis, including exercises that strengthen muscles and bones, and those that improve the balance and prevent falls.
Exercising with Osteoporosis app is a useful tool that focuses on low impact and safe exercises to help people with osteoporosis stay in shape despite dealing with this condition.
The app provides audio guidance from a personal digital trainer, customized workouts designed for individual patients each week, high-quality instructional videos that can be viewed online or offline.
The app is available on Android only for free and as a Premium version for $5.99.
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Choose This Not That for Osteoporosis App
Many scientific studies have found a strong connection between specific nutrients in our diet and osteoporosis.
Choose This Not That for Osteoporosis (or simply Osteoporosis) app provides comprehensive and interactive nutrition guidelines for how to deal with osteoporosis.
The app tries to answer the question is the particular food is good for patients with osteoporosis in an easy to understand and colorful graphic form.
The app also provides expert recommendations on particular foods which is extremely helpful when eating out.
Choose This Not That for Osteoporosis app utilizes so-called 'actionable' information on what is good, what is bad, and what is neutral for patient's condition.
The content is based on USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and NIH (National Institute of Health) resources.
The app is available for $3.99 for both Android and iOS.