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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.
Scientists discover a dramatic pattern of bone growth in female mice

Scientists discover a dramatic pattern of bone growth in female mice

New biodegradable wound dressing material accelerates healing

New biodegradable wound dressing material accelerates healing

Study raises hopes for new approaches to treat osteoporosis

Study raises hopes for new approaches to treat osteoporosis

New findings from a safety and feasibility clinical trial on removal of senescent cells

New findings from a safety and feasibility clinical trial on removal of senescent cells

Cellular protein signal can be manipulated to favor bone building

Cellular protein signal can be manipulated to favor bone building

Holocaust survivors had higher rates of chronic conditions but lower mortality than general population

Holocaust survivors had higher rates of chronic conditions but lower mortality than general population

Senescent cells in the brain shown to cause obesity-related anxiety

Senescent cells in the brain shown to cause obesity-related anxiety

Researchers compile atlas of genetic influences on osteoporosis

Researchers compile atlas of genetic influences on osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is not only a women's disease

Osteoporosis is not only a women's disease

Exercise-induced hormone activates cells critical for bone remodeling in mice

Exercise-induced hormone activates cells critical for bone remodeling in mice

Yes to yoghurt and cheese: New improved Mediterranean diet

Yes to yoghurt and cheese: New improved Mediterranean diet

New recommendations for design, conduct of osteoporosis-specific economic evaluations

New recommendations for design, conduct of osteoporosis-specific economic evaluations

Prenatal famine exposure may lead to early menopause and premature ovarian failure

Prenatal famine exposure may lead to early menopause and premature ovarian failure

DHEA therapy may help prevent bone loss and increase muscle mass in older women

DHEA therapy may help prevent bone loss and increase muscle mass in older women

Aerobic exercise may reduce risk of diabetes-related renal disease

Aerobic exercise may reduce risk of diabetes-related renal disease

Groundbreaking research projects show how AI can be used to predict under diagnosed chronic diseases

Groundbreaking research projects show how AI can be used to predict under diagnosed chronic diseases

Vision impairments may increase risk of falls in older adults

Vision impairments may increase risk of falls in older adults

Concomitant use of sleeping pills and opioids found to prevalent among people with Alzheimer’s disease

Concomitant use of sleeping pills and opioids found to prevalent among people with Alzheimer’s disease

Receptor structure could be key to developing new osteoporosis drugs

Receptor structure could be key to developing new osteoporosis drugs

Artificial bone-like substance mimics the way real bone grows at atomic level

Artificial bone-like substance mimics the way real bone grows at atomic level