Osteoporosis

A condition where the bones become weak and break easily.

Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become porous and weakened leading to an increased risk of fracture.

Osteoporosis is caused by increased bone breakdown without increased bone re-building. People develop their peak bone mass in their early 20s. How likely you are to develop osteoporosis depends on how much bone mass was obtained at a younger age. Osteoporosis-related fractures are most likely to occur in the wrist, hip, and spine. Osteoporosis is treated with bisphosphonates and hormone therapy as well as dietary intervention to have enough calcium and vitamin D.

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At least 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 5 men will experience and osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime.