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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.
ACA and chiropractors encourage people to take steps for better musculoskeletal health

ACA and chiropractors encourage people to take steps for better musculoskeletal health

Men and women with diabetes or prediabetes experience different comorbidities, study shows

Men and women with diabetes or prediabetes experience different comorbidities, study shows

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NIH partners with Apple and Harvard for long-term study of women's health

NIH partners with Apple and Harvard for long-term study of women's health

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Study examines screening and treatment of opioid-induced low testosterone in men

Study examines screening and treatment of opioid-induced low testosterone in men

Too much vitamin D may reduce bone density, say scientists

Too much vitamin D may reduce bone density, say scientists

Loss of hip BMD persists after weight loss intervention among older adults with obesity

Loss of hip BMD persists after weight loss intervention among older adults with obesity

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Too much Vitamin D could be harmful to bones

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A single cholesterol-derived molecule promotes adiposity

Empa researchers aim to gain a better understanding of bone failure

Empa researchers aim to gain a better understanding of bone failure

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First-of-its-kind study shows two out of three Danes suffer from chronic conditions

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Study shows link between family history of diabetes and increased bone mineral density

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Study investigates association between migraine diagnoses and dementia

Doctors should not rely on 'one-size-fits-all' guidelines when recommending vitamin D supplements

Doctors should not rely on 'one-size-fits-all' guidelines when recommending vitamin D supplements

Osteoporosis drugs associated with reduced risk of premature mortality

Osteoporosis drugs associated with reduced risk of premature mortality

Study links bone strength to timing of puberty

Study links bone strength to timing of puberty

Menopause can be delayed for two decades, doctors claim

Menopause can be delayed for two decades, doctors claim

Study maps bone marrow niche populations and their differentiation paths

Study maps bone marrow niche populations and their differentiation paths