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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.
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Researchers provide insights into effects of microgravity on bone tissue

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Anti-inflammatory diet could boost bone health, prevent fractures in women

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Women with early periods more likely to experience premature menopause, study finds

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HCI scientists uncover new way that bones get destroyed through breast cancer

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New stem cell method could lead to powerful treatments for skeletal system injuries

Prune consumption may prevent bone mineral density loss in older population

Prune consumption may prevent bone mineral density loss in older population

Exercise helps mitigate side effects of AIs in breast cancer survivors

Exercise helps mitigate side effects of AIs in breast cancer survivors

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Researchers develop promising method for producing nanofibres to aid healing of bone fractures

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Chemotherapy-induced senescent cells promote side effects and cancer relapse

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Antidepressant use doubles hip fracture risk among elders with Alzheimer's disease

SLU expert suggests viewing exercise as daily contribution that offers cumulative health benefits

SLU expert suggests viewing exercise as daily contribution that offers cumulative health benefits

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Saint Louis University geriatrician urges older patients to talk to doctors about too many pills

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New review explores approaches for prevention of hip fracture in very high risk patients

NIH-funded scientists work with three ‘omes’ to understand human health

NIH-funded scientists work with three ‘omes’ to understand human health

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Researchers use worms as model system to study how gut microbiome influences disease

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Research redefines role of Spop protein during bone development

Research redefines role of Spop protein during bone development

Griffith research aims to reduce complications, high costs with nano-engineered dental implants

Griffith research aims to reduce complications, high costs with nano-engineered dental implants