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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.
Study: 15,000 cases of hypophosphatasia potentially undetected in Spanish population

Study: 15,000 cases of hypophosphatasia potentially undetected in Spanish population

Receiving multiple fracture-associated drugs may increase hip fracture risk

Receiving multiple fracture-associated drugs may increase hip fracture risk

Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are not effective at reducing systemic inflammation

Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are not effective at reducing systemic inflammation

HIV increases the prevalence of early menopause, shows study

HIV increases the prevalence of early menopause, shows study

Shortened sleep is linked with low bone mineral density, osteoporosis

Shortened sleep is linked with low bone mineral density, osteoporosis

UTSA scientists study osteoporotic bone fractures to rethink treatment

UTSA scientists study osteoporotic bone fractures to rethink treatment

Creighton University researcher wins NIH grant to study osteoporosis in diabetic women

Creighton University researcher wins NIH grant to study osteoporosis in diabetic women

Cleveland Clinic announces Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2020

Cleveland Clinic announces Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2020

Northwestern Medicine launches program to help women understand risk factors for osteoporosis

Northwestern Medicine launches program to help women understand risk factors for osteoporosis

Celiac disease may now be curable with biodegradable nanoparticles

Celiac disease may now be curable with biodegradable nanoparticles

IOF Compendium highlights urgent need to maintain mobility in older populations

IOF Compendium highlights urgent need to maintain mobility in older populations

GlobalData highlights low diagnosis and treatment rates of osteoporosis

GlobalData highlights low diagnosis and treatment rates of osteoporosis

BU researcher receives NIH grant for clinical research in rheumatology

BU researcher receives NIH grant for clinical research in rheumatology

Clinical recommendations issued for prevention of secondary fracture among older adults

Clinical recommendations issued for prevention of secondary fracture among older adults

Potency and dosage of statins linked to diagnosis of osteoporosis

Potency and dosage of statins linked to diagnosis of osteoporosis

Higher dosage of statins can increase risk of osteoporosis, shows study

Higher dosage of statins can increase risk of osteoporosis, shows study

Clinical trial to evaluate efficacy and safety of new treatment for giant cell arteritis

Clinical trial to evaluate efficacy and safety of new treatment for giant cell arteritis

Osteoporosis declared as 'silent epidemic', shows new survey

Osteoporosis declared as 'silent epidemic', shows new survey

Northwestern Medicine physicians receive NAMS awards for contributing to women's health, menopause

Northwestern Medicine physicians receive NAMS awards for contributing to women's health, menopause

Falls Prevention Awareness Day focuses on risk of osteoporosis

Falls Prevention Awareness Day focuses on risk of osteoporosis