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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.
FAU researchers show that fiber-rich diet has positive effect on inflammatory joint diseases

FAU researchers show that fiber-rich diet has positive effect on inflammatory joint diseases

Calcium, vitamin D supplements may not protect older adults against hip fractures

Calcium, vitamin D supplements may not protect older adults against hip fractures

Hormone therapy combination may improve metabolism without increasing risk of reproductive cancer

Hormone therapy combination may improve metabolism without increasing risk of reproductive cancer

Silky webs of spiders may hold secrets to repairing our skeletons

Silky webs of spiders may hold secrets to repairing our skeletons

Community screening for osteoporosis could decrease burden of hip fractures in older women

Community screening for osteoporosis could decrease burden of hip fractures in older women

Cancer survivors have shorter lifespan finds new study

Cancer survivors have shorter lifespan finds new study

Doctors use new procedure in patients with damaged hips to avoid replacement surgery

Doctors use new procedure in patients with damaged hips to avoid replacement surgery

Excessive copper in diabetes impedes ability to make new blood vessels

Excessive copper in diabetes impedes ability to make new blood vessels

Research suggests general mechanism by which dietary fats affect cellular physiology

Research suggests general mechanism by which dietary fats affect cellular physiology

People with genetic predisposition to later puberty have lower bone mineral density

People with genetic predisposition to later puberty have lower bone mineral density

Thyroid cancer survivors have higher risk for aging-related diseases

Thyroid cancer survivors have higher risk for aging-related diseases

AstraZeneca’s new precision biologic gets FDA approval to treat severe eosinophilic asthma

AstraZeneca’s new precision biologic gets FDA approval to treat severe eosinophilic asthma

Air pollution may exacerbate osteoporosis

Air pollution may exacerbate osteoporosis

Women with ER-positive breast cancer face disease recurrence risk years after treatment ends

Women with ER-positive breast cancer face disease recurrence risk years after treatment ends

Drug holiday from bisphosphonates for more than two years linked to higher hip fracture risk in women

Drug holiday from bisphosphonates for more than two years linked to higher hip fracture risk in women

Opioid and antidepressant use related to increased risk of osteoporotic fractures for RA patients

Opioid and antidepressant use related to increased risk of osteoporotic fractures for RA patients

Common heart rhythm abnormality along with other health conditions linked to greater risk of mortality

Common heart rhythm abnormality along with other health conditions linked to greater risk of mortality

Research sheds light on how bones affect appetite and metabolism

Research sheds light on how bones affect appetite and metabolism

FDA statement revokes claims that soy protein reduces heart disease risk

FDA statement revokes claims that soy protein reduces heart disease risk

IOF study: Critically low calcium intake found in Asian, African, and Latin American countries

IOF study: Critically low calcium intake found in Asian, African, and Latin American countries