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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.
Researchers develop biomaterials from apple waste for regeneration of bone, cartilage tissues

Researchers develop biomaterials from apple waste for regeneration of bone, cartilage tissues

Researchers use mathematical modeling to raise density of bones badly degraded by osteoporosis

Researchers use mathematical modeling to raise density of bones badly degraded by osteoporosis

Phase-contrast X-ray imaging could identify tumors earlier

Phase-contrast X-ray imaging could identify tumors earlier

French osteoporosis expert wins 2017 IOF Committee of National Societies Medal

French osteoporosis expert wins 2017 IOF Committee of National Societies Medal

Study shows how long-term, weight-bearing exercises trigger bone formation in men

Study shows how long-term, weight-bearing exercises trigger bone formation in men

Endocrine Society releases new guideline to help diagnose and treat hypothalamic amenorrhea

Endocrine Society releases new guideline to help diagnose and treat hypothalamic amenorrhea

South Asian women could be at greater risk of developing osteoporosis in later life, study finds

South Asian women could be at greater risk of developing osteoporosis in later life, study finds

New study provides reassuring information about safety of osteoporosis drug

New study provides reassuring information about safety of osteoporosis drug

Men face higher risk of mortality after fragility fractures linked to osteoporosis

Men face higher risk of mortality after fragility fractures linked to osteoporosis

Hormone replacement therapy linked to lower risk of atherosclerosis and death in women

Hormone replacement therapy linked to lower risk of atherosclerosis and death in women

Study assesses effect of combining exercise, dietary supplements on muscle mass and function

Study assesses effect of combining exercise, dietary supplements on muscle mass and function

Hormonal factors play role in making women more susceptible to asthma and allergies

Hormonal factors play role in making women more susceptible to asthma and allergies

Commonly-prescribed drug for treating weak bone condition linked to increased risk of 'micro-cracks'

Commonly-prescribed drug for treating weak bone condition linked to increased risk of 'micro-cracks'

Study finds low rates of osteoporosis screening, treatment for older women with hip fractures

Study finds low rates of osteoporosis screening, treatment for older women with hip fractures

Estrogen therapy can lead to healthier teeth and gums in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Estrogen therapy can lead to healthier teeth and gums in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Scientists unlock heart-protective benefits of soy

Scientists unlock heart-protective benefits of soy

Scientists attempt to slow down ageing using novel compound

Scientists attempt to slow down ageing using novel compound

Postmenopausal hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years linked to lower dementia risk

Postmenopausal hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years linked to lower dementia risk

New review outlines key challenges and solutions to address growing burden of fragility fractures

New review outlines key challenges and solutions to address growing burden of fragility fractures

Long-term use of testosterone therapy in hypogonadal men may reduce risk of death from CV disease

Long-term use of testosterone therapy in hypogonadal men may reduce risk of death from CV disease