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Osteoporosis is a progressive metabolic bone disease that causes a decrease in bone density and gives rise to weak, fragile bones that are prone to fracture. Most commonly, these fractures occur in the spine, wrist and hips when a person falls or bumps into something. If such an event triggers a visit to the doctor, a test of the bone mineral density called a DEXA scan may be performed and reveal osteoporosis.

The term osteoporosis refers to the porous (spongy) state of bone that eventually manifests as the bone’s ability to replenish itself declines over time. When individuals reach the age of around 40, the rate of bone breakdown starts to exceed the rate at which it is replaced, creating increasingly larger holes in the bone that make it less dense and more prone to fracture.

Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis such as gender, age and family history for the condition cannot be changed. However, factors such as diet and activity level can be improved to increase bone strength and individuals are advised to exercise regularly, eat a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, and quit any smoking or drinking habits.

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.
Endocrine Society strongly opposes austere cuts to healthcare, medical research budget

Endocrine Society strongly opposes austere cuts to healthcare, medical research budget

Study finds link between type 1 diabetes and increased risk of bone fractures in men

Study finds link between type 1 diabetes and increased risk of bone fractures in men

Investigational biologic may reduce need for systemic corticosteroids in patients with severe asthma

Investigational biologic may reduce need for systemic corticosteroids in patients with severe asthma

Exercising burns fat in bone marrow to improve bone health, study shows

Exercising burns fat in bone marrow to improve bone health, study shows

Weekly doses of steroids help hasten recovery in muscle injuries

Weekly doses of steroids help hasten recovery in muscle injuries

Untargeted vitamin D supplementation provides little clinical benefit to older adults, study finds

Untargeted vitamin D supplementation provides little clinical benefit to older adults, study finds

Phase 1 clinical studies reveal safety, tolerability of therapeutic vaccine in celiac disease patients

Phase 1 clinical studies reveal safety, tolerability of therapeutic vaccine in celiac disease patients

Yogurt intake may increase hip bone density, reduce risk of osteoporosis in older adults

Yogurt intake may increase hip bone density, reduce risk of osteoporosis in older adults

Children's bone health could be determined before birth, study shows

Children's bone health could be determined before birth, study shows

Scientists uncover thousands of human genes that are expressed differently in the two sexes

Scientists uncover thousands of human genes that are expressed differently in the two sexes

New mutation predisposes patients under osteoporosis treatment to atypical femur fractures, study finds

New mutation predisposes patients under osteoporosis treatment to atypical femur fractures, study finds

Study finds no link between gluten intake and heart disease risk in people without celiac disease

Study finds no link between gluten intake and heart disease risk in people without celiac disease

Infantile spasms and multiple sclerosis relapse data presented at AAN

Infantile spasms and multiple sclerosis relapse data presented at AAN

High-intensity training without adequate recovery may lead to bone resorption in elite rowers

High-intensity training without adequate recovery may lead to bone resorption in elite rowers

Scientists reveal Connshing syndrome as new cause of hypertension

Scientists reveal Connshing syndrome as new cause of hypertension

Periodic check-ups are essential to maintain health and longevity of baby boomers

Periodic check-ups are essential to maintain health and longevity of baby boomers

Research sheds new light on the body's response to high salt intake

Research sheds new light on the body's response to high salt intake

Amgen, UCB present romosozumab Phase 2 results at ENDO 2017

Amgen, UCB present romosozumab Phase 2 results at ENDO 2017

Sleep restriction linked to reduced levels of bone formation marker

Sleep restriction linked to reduced levels of bone formation marker

New partnership to provide clinicians with latest guidance on treating endocrine disorders

New partnership to provide clinicians with latest guidance on treating endocrine disorders